Hostage res­cued in KK

Po­lice shoot man who took a lit­tle girl hostage at knife­point for al­most five hours.

The Star Malaysia - - Front Page - By MUGUNTAN VANAR [email protected]­

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: A man held a tod­dler at knife point for al­most five hours, caus­ing bleed­ing gashes on her neck be­fore he at­tempted to throw her out a win­dow on the fourth floor of a block of flats.

A po­lice sharp­shooter shot the man dead and saved the lit­tle girl.

It ended the five-hour hostage sit­u­a­tion which started at about noon in the densely pop­u­lated Ta­man Telipok Ria flats, about 29km away from the city here, yes­ter­day.

Po­lice rushed the child down to a wait­ing am­bu­lance.

The girl, who is yet to be iden­ti­fied, was rushed to the Likas Women and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Sabah po­lice com­mis­sioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the girl suf­fered cuts to her neck, but he be­lieves she will be all right.

Omar said the man made no de­mands dur­ing the stand­off with the po­lice.

Po­lice were in­formed at about 4pm after res­i­dents ini­tially tried to dis­arm the uniden­ti­fied man and save the child.

Omar said the sus­pect was hold­ing a knife and had grabbed a child who was play­ing with toys at a cor­ri­dor along the fourth floor of the flats.

He then en­tered a unit where an el­derly man was per­form­ing his zo­hor prayers in a room.

The sus­pect told the man not to come out and then sat down in the hall with the child.

Res­i­dents broke open the main door of the house but the man con­tin­ued to threaten to harm the child.

The child’s neck was bleed­ing and had some in­juries by then.

When the po­lice came in, the man re­fused to talk and even­tu­ally tried to throw the child from the kitchen win­dow.

The po­lice de­cided to shoot at this point, Omar added.

Po­lice have yet to es­tab­lish the sus­pect’s back­ground and be­lieve he was ei­ther of un­sound mind or was on drugs.

The sus­pect, in his 30s, was not known to the res­i­dents.

Tense mo­ment: The young girl, be­lieved to be about two years old, be­ing held at knife point be­fore po­lice shot the sus­pect.

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