Wednesday, October 7, 2015   

School hostage-taker shot by police
(06-10 17:06)

A convicted criminal who took 50 elementary school students and a teacher hostage was shot and killed by police in central China.
Officers were searching the school in Qianjiang city in Hubei province for any explosives that might have been hidden by the suspect, the Public Security Ministry said on its microblog.
The hostage-taker was identified as Zhang Zeqing, who previously served prison terms for robbery and illegal gun making.
They said he had agreed to exchange the students and teacher for the deputy mayor of the surrounding town of Haokou, but was shot after he poured gasoline over the official.
There was no mention of injuries to the hostages and the deputy mayor's condition wasn't known.--AP

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