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Breaking: Wuhan Inter-City Bus Hijacked by Attacker With A Knife [UPDATED]

Posted: 08/8/2014 5:40 pm

wuhan bus hijack A passenger coach bus was hijacked by a knife-wielding attacker this afternoon in Wuhan, according to the Chutian Capital Report, in a situation that is unfolding now. A inter-city coach was filled with passengers heading from Wuhan to Xiantao, Hubei Province when it was hijacked by the man. Eyewitnesses say the suspect held the knife to the driver’s throat, and that the driver’s entire body was covered in blood.

The bus had stopped in middle of the Baishazhou Bridge in Wuhan when police and negotiators arrived on the scene. During negotiations with police, the man was said to have suddenly released the driver and then jumped outside the protective barrier of the bridge, where he remains.

All bus passengers have since been evacuated. There is no word on casualties. The attacker is described as a man in 30s with a flat-top haircut. Stay tuned to The Nanfang for updates.

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UPDATE 9:34pm August 8: The suspect who hijacked a long distance passenger coach is seen clinging to the outside of a guardrail of the Baishazhou Bridge in Wuhan and demanding to see his ex-wife, reports CCTV News.

Police describe the man as agitated, and wanting to jump off the bridge. Three police negotiators have been dispatched to talk to the man.

The Wuhan Emergency Office said the driver of the bus only suffered light injuries in the incident. It also confirms all other passengers are without injury and have been evacuated from the bus.

The suspect is 43 years-old, divorced, and wants to see his ex-wife as part of his demands.

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Police Free Hostage in Tense Situation on Beijing’s Wangfujing Pedestrian Street

Posted: 07/31/2014 1:38 pm

beijing wangfujing hostage knife police shopping gap pedestrian street anti-terrorismA middle-aged man armed with a knife took a hostage on the Wangfujing pedestrian street in Beijing last night, reports China News. The incident occurred at 9:22pm near the newly developed Dong’an Mall, right near the Wangfujing police sub-station. Eyewitnesses say young woman was taken hostage in an alcove just outside a GAP store.

Armed police cordoned off the area and police were seen aiming rifles at the suspect.beijing wangfujing hostage knife police shopping gap pedestrian street anti-terrorism

While police were negotiating with the suspect, officers moved in to subdue him with an elbow to the throat. The hostage was finally freed at 9:57 pm, not 35 minutes after the incident first began. She was unharmed, and apparently did not know the man who took her hostage.

The suspect is surnamed Tan, is 38 years-old, and from Liuzhou in Guangxi Province. No motive for the hostage taken has been given.

Wangfujing is one of 14 “anti-terrorism locations” in Beijing that are mandated to have a police response to emergencies within one minute.

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Crowds of onlookers thronged the area craning for a better view:

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This is a photo of Tan during the subsequent police interrogation:

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Photos: Shenzhen Evening Report, Weibo (2)


Elementary School Attacker in Hubei Shot Dead by Police [UPDATE]

Posted: 06/10/2014 3:22 pm

hubei school kidnapping A person who had taken a hostage at a Hubei elementary school has been shot dead by police, reports China Daily.

According to the Chutian Metropolis Report, a person forcibly entered the campus of the No. 3 elementary school in Haokou County, City of Qianjiang, Hubei Province this morning and took a teacher hostage.

The suspect was reportedly shot four times. The teacher is said to have not sustained any injuries. A search of the suspect revealed he or she was in possession of knives, gasoline, and explosive devices.

CCTV reports the attacker may have left explosives behind in the school.

Students and staff have been evacuated as police continue their search of the campus.

UPDATE 7:01pm May 6: The suspect who attempted to take a classroom of elementary school students hostage at the No. 3 elementary school has been identified as 57 year-old Zhang X.

Zhang was having a dispute with the Xuqiao Village committee member Mr Xu over the compensation from land requisition and new residence provided in this exchange. Mr Xu’s grandson attends this elementary school and is a member of the class that was taken hostage, reports Yangcheng Evening Report.

Zhang had reportedly come to the classroom of 50 schoolchildren carrying an explosive device that he intended to set off. The class teacher and a deputy secretary are said to have volunteered to act as hostages in exchange for the students’ freedom.

When negotiations broke down, Zhang had supposedly poured gasoline on the hostage and was shot dead by police, reports CCTV.

Zhang is a retired soldier who is described as having been sent to a prison camp.

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Photos: Southern Metropolis Daily via Weibo



Migrant in Shenzhen holds woman hostage demanding RMB100,000 for trip back to Sichuan

Posted: 07/9/2012 7:00 am

We live in uncertain economic times, and one of the groups that is most threatened by faltering economies is the migrant workers of China. In 2009, rising unemployment in manufacturing hubs such as Shenzhen and Dongguan caused many migrants to lose their jobs and forced them to go home. But what of the ones who cannot afford to get home? One young man faced with this problem has taken a proactive (though excessive) approach.

A 23 year-old man in Shenzhen’s Baoan District held a woman at knife-point demanding 100,000 yuan from the government to pay for transport back to his hometown in Sichuan, according to local media.

Around 9 p.m. on July 5, the man abducted a woman who was walking with her sister on Fuyong Road with a knife he had just bought. After a stand-off in which he knelt down holding her next to him, a policeman offered him a loudspeaker with which he could announce his demands. The policeman then hit him in the head with the loudspeaker before another cop who stood poised behind him and a group of onlookers crowded around to subdue him. The attacker has been detained and the victim is in hospital in a stable condition.

According to a witness named Mr Sun, the attacker was carrying a large knife used for cutting watermelons. After waving it around maniacally, he knelt down with the woman. You can watch parts of the scene unfold here.

After being taken to the police station, the assailant gave an explanation that was described by local media as leaving one not knowing whether to laugh or cry. He comes from Sichuan and has been unable to get work in Shenzhen. He wants to return but doesn’t have the money to do so, so he kidnapped the girl in a sudden act of desperation. A witness named Mrs. Shi confirmed that he had been “screaming” his demand for 100,000 yuan from the government.

The sisters surnamed Zou explained that they were walking home from a trip to the shops when they were assaulted. The man has been detained for questioning.

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