Children held hostage at French nursery

Up to half a dozen children were being held hostage by a 17-year-old youth armed with two swords at a nursery school in the eastern French city of Besancon, a mayor said.

Children held hostage at French nursery

Up to half a dozen children were being held hostage by a 17-year-old youth armed with two swords at a nursery school in the eastern French city of Besancon, the city's mayor said on Monday.

The young man took around 20 children hostage shortly after the Charles Fourier kindergarten opened, but later released a dozen or so.

A team from France's elite GIGN police force was at the scene and cordoned off the area while negotiators worked on getting the remaining infants released. Education Minister Luc Chatel was headed to the nursery, French media said.

"Around 14 children have come out and at the moment there are five or six still inside," Besancon Mayor Jean-Louis Fousseret told France Info radio.

The hostage-taker's motive was unclear, but he is known to suffer from depression and psychological problems, Jean-Marc Magda, administrative head of Fousseret's office, told Reuters.

"He has personality disorder. Contact has been made with his doctor," Magda said.

The released infants were being looked after at a nearby school, and nursery teachers and other children had been evacuated from the school building.


Reuters

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