Larnaca: Father holds son hostage, taken out by police

21 May 2016
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Dramatic events had undfolded in the 12-hour hostage situation at a Larnaca home in the early hours of Saturday.

A father held his 16-month old son hostage in their ground-floor apartment in the Oroklini area of Larnaca, while police tried to negotiate with him to let the child go.

A few minutes before the 41-year-old man was taken out by Special Forces that were called in, the father is reported to have said a prayer, while holding his child, who he was threatening to kill, sources told SigmaLive Greek.

The man had also been throwing Molotov fire bombs around the apartment, the same sources said.

The Special Forces that were called in reacted in the most professional manner, the sources said, by rescuing the child, while fatally injuring the man.

On their arrival the Special Forces had attempted to incapacitate the man by hitting him with plastic bullets. They were unable to do so, causing them to use their last real bullet to take the man out.

In their investigation police found a bullet-proof vest in the man’s flat.

Following the incident, police have sent a message to Interpol to find out the man’s past.

A medical examiner had arrived on the scene to conduct the autopsy.

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