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Malaysia police free 30 children held hostage

2011-07-08 01:52:27 GMT2011-07-08 09:52:27(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A general view of the kindergarten where children and teachers are held hostage in a neighbourhood in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

A plainclothes policeman climbs to a window to negotiate with a man who held kindergarten students and teachers hostage in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Kindergarten students are carried out to an ambulance after they were held hostage in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Police carry kindergarten students at the end of a hostage-taking in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Family members of a kindergarten student being held hostage react as they watch the hostage-taking in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Smoke from a fire extinguisher comes out from the kindergarten as the police try to detain the hostage-taker suspect in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

A policeman carries a kindergarten student after the end of a hostage taking in Muar, in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

MUAR, Malaysia, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Police stormed in a local kindergarten on Thursday in Malaysia's Southern Johor state and gunned down a man who had held 30 children and four teachers hostage for several hours.

State police chief, Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, told reporters that the man was hit by a single shot in his head and was critically injured.

"All the 30 children, aged between three and five years, and their four teachers are safe," he said.

They were currently being examined for any injuries.

The hostage-taker, said to be mentally deranged, had on Thursday morning trespassed the kindergarten with a machete and a hammer and threatened to kill the children.

Failing to persuade the man to release the hostages, police shot teargas into the kindergarten compound and entered the building before firing shots at the man.

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