Mon, March 23, 2009
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Police capture man in hostage siege

2009-03-23 04:02:18 GMT2009-03-23 12:02:18 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A woman hostage is rescued by police from a pawn shop in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province, March 23, 2009. A man was captured by police Monday morning after holding three women hostages for more than three hours inside a pawn shop in Fuzhou, police said. It was unclear why the man took the women as hostages, the police said. (Xinhua Photo)

Police grab the man who took three women hostage for more than three hours inside a pawn shop in Fuzhou, east China's Fujian province, March 23, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Two of the three women taken hostage by a knife-wielding man are rescued by police from a pawn shop in Fuzhou, east China's Fujian province, March 23, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Police cordon off the site where a man takes three women as hostages in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province, March 23, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

FUZHOU, March 23 (Xinhua) -- A man was captured by police Monday morning after holding three women hostage for more than three hours inside a pawn shop in the southeast Chinese city of Fuzhou, police said.

The hostage drama began at 8 a.m. when a man in his 20s took three women hostage at knifepoint, said a senior officer with the police bureau of Fuzhou, Fujian Province.

Police captured him at 11:15 a.m., and freed the three women. None of them were injured in the incident, said police.

It was unclear at this stage why the man took the women as hostages, the police officer said.

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