Chinese who took girl hostage shot dead

August 11th, 2012 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 11 (IANS) A knife-wielding man who took a girl child hostage in south China’s Guangdong province Saturday morning was gunned down by the police.

The incident happened at about 7 a.m. when the man took the girl hostage in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, said authorities.

Police said the man demanded to be taken via police vehicle to an area near the Guangzhou railway station. Police shot the man after he was spotted assaulting the girl with the knife, reported Xinhua.

The injured girl was rescued and taken to hospital.

The incident was the second instance of hostage-taking to occur in China this summer. On July 19, police shot and killed a man who took a female security officer hostage at a subway station in Beijing.

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