Kidnapper killed in police action

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 Jan 2020

Police in China's Inner Mongolia region killed a kidnapper holding three people hostage using a homemade firearm and explosives.

The incident was in the regional capital Hohhot.

The kidnapper, Zhou, fired as a threat on Sunday morning, police said on Weibo yesterday.

Then, that evening, officers "decisively shot and killed the suspect" before removing the explosive devices from the hostages.

Incidents involving homemade explosives have occurred elsewhere in China, such as Liaoning province, where three people were hurt in an attack on a police station last March.

In July 2018, a 26-year-old man set off a small explosive outside the US embassy in Beijing, injuring himself.

But gun violence is rare in China, with ownership of firearms restricted.

Last March, a person wielding a gun killed five people in Inner Mongolia before being arrested.

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