Indonesian Police Kill Hostage-Taker

A file photo shows Indonesian police officers standing guard in front of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 August 2014. Police in Indonesia's East Java province shot dead a man who took a young girl hostage and demanded military protection from debt collectors. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

JAKARTA (DPA) – Police in Indonesia's East Java province have shot dead a man who took a young girl hostage and demanded military protection from debt collectors, media reports said Thursday.

Fuad Ahmad grabbed a student from an elementary school, held her at knifepoint and took her to a nearby military base in Gresik district on Wednesday, the Jakarta Post reported. 

He demanded military protection, saying someone had threatened to kill him unless he paid his debt from an online football bet, the report said.

The military agreed to meet his demand, but while driving to another location the police were able to free the hostage and shoot the man twice, killing him instantly, the report said.

The girl was injured and needed to be hospitalized.

 

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