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Cops shoot and kill 2 in failed abductions

POLICE in Guangdong and Jiangsu province shot and killed two men yesterday in separate hostage incidents.

A man surnamed Guo, 28, took a mother and son hostage on Thursday night in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu, ordering the father, surnamed Liang, to pay 500,000 yuan (US$73,000) in ransom, police said.

Liang reported the incident to the police and gave 336,000 yuan and a watch valued at 100,000 yuan to Guo near a national highway in the early hours yesterday.

The police attempted to arrest Guo after the hostages were released, but Guo tried to escape by car. The police shot him to death after he disregarded warning shots.

In the other case, a man armed with a knife grabbed a woman at about 5am yesterday after he was found breaking into a store in Shantou City in south China's Guangdong Province.

The police spent six hours negotiating with the man, who wounded the woman in the neck despite warnings.

At about 11:30am, the suspect seemed to lose patience and became agitated. Police shot him in the head and rescued the hostage.

The man was not unidentified.

Several hostage-taking incidents have been reported since last year across China, including others in which the police shot and killed the abductor.


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