French child hostages released

Police detain 17-year-old armed with swords who took class of pre-school children hostage in eastern France.

    French police have detained a 17-year-old youth armed with two swords who took a group of children hostage.

    The young man had initially taken around 20 children hostage in the eastern city of Besancon just after the school opened on Monday morning, but released a dozen shortly after, officials said.

    Media reports said the remaining children were led out safely after being held for around four hours, along with their teacher.

    The man "went into the establishment armed with two swords and declaring that he wanted something," but did not say what exactly that was, Jean-Louis Fousseret, the city's mayor said.

    Officers had been in contact with the youth via the telephone.

    French media have said the hostage-taker was known to suffer from depression, but no motive has been made clear.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.