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Hostage taker shot dead in NE China

2009-12-29 10:45:07 GMT2009-12-29 18:45:07 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Policemen gather at the kidnapping site at a massage house in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Changchun Province, Dec. 29, 2009. Police were trying to negotiate with a hostage taker to release a young woman he had been holding for about 16 hours. The hostage taker, Qiao Mingfei, 32, kidnapped a 23-year-old massagist with a knife at about 0:40 a.m. Tuesday when the massage house was about to close, according to the public security bureau of Changchun. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

Policemen gather at the kidnapping site at a massage house in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Changchun Province, Dec. 29, 2009. Police were trying to negotiate with a hostage taker to release a young woman he had been holding for about 16 hours. The hostage taker, Qiao Mingfei, 32, kidnapped a 23-year-old massagist with a knife at about 0:40 a.m. Tuesday when the massage house was about to close, according to the public security bureau of Changchun. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

Policemen guard the kidnapping site at a massage house in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Changchun Province, Dec. 29, 2009. Police were trying to negotiate with a hostage taker to release a young woman he had been holding for about 16 hours. The hostage taker, Qiao Mingfei, 32, kidnapped a 23-year-old massagist with a knife at about 0:40 a.m. Tuesday when the massage house was about to close, according to the public security bureau of Changchun. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

CHANGCHUN, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Police shot dead a man who took a female masseuse hostage in northeast China's Jilin Province Tuesday.

The man was shot at about 6 p.m. after he ignored police warnings and pleas for about 17 hours, said Gao Xuezhang, vice mayor of Changchun, the provincial capital.

The hostage was rescued and was in a stable condition, said Gao,also the director with the public security bureau of Changchun.

The hostage taker, Qiao Mingfei, had robbed the boss of a hotel at about 4 p.m. Monday and arrived at the Shuijingge Foot Massage House in downtown Changchun five hours later.

Qiao, 32, kidnapped the 23-year-old masseuse and held her at knifepoint at about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday when the massage house was about to close.

Police officers arrived shortly after and began negotiations.

The motives of the hostage taker was not known.

Qiao, a native of Tonghua City of Jilin, was released from jailin January after he was given a death penalty with reprieve in 1994 for murder and robbery, police sources said.

The local police authorities are to hold a press conference soon about the incident.

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