Embassy staff seized in Bern

A hostage-taking and possible attempted burglary at the Spanish consulate in the Swiss capital, Bern, has left one person wounded.

    The Spanish consulate in Bern was cordoned off

    Swiss police cordoned off the mission after a report that hostages were being held inside.

     

    State radio later announced that three hostage-takers had left the consulate on Monday and a ministry spokesman said a security guard had been stabbed and injured with a knife during the incident.

     

    But Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said on national radio that

    all employees were safe.

     

    "The hostage situation is over," an official said, but declined to comment on the circumstances." The police are now investigating."

     

    "The hostage situation is over. The police are now investigating"



    An official

    The police have yet to confirm whether the attack has come to an end.

    "At around 8am (0700 GMT) a man entered the consulate. He hit a doorman over the head," a Spanish embassy official had said on Monday.

    Motive unclear

     

    The official had added they were "holding one or two people".

     

    The motive remained unclear.

     

    Swiss radio reported that two employees, a man and a women, had been held, but neither Swiss police nor the Spanish Foreign Ministry in Madrid were able to confirm the report.

     

    Nevertheless, police sealed off part of the Kirchenfeld district where the consulate is situated and set up a crisis centre specialised in hostage-taking situations, a police spokeswoman said.

     

    Swiss radio reported that elite sharpshooters had been posted on buildings near the consulate.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.