September 6, 2011: Australian 12-hour hostage standoff ends peacefully

Australian 12-hour hostage standoff ends peacefully

A man who marched into a Sydney law office with his daughter and said he had a bomb in his backpack was taken into custody after a tense, 12-hour standoff with police. The man’s 12-year-old daughter was released and reunited with her family, New South Wales police said. “Towards the latter part of the time we’ve been here, those negotiations have started to break down and then deteriorate to a stage where police have taken action to break into the premises and take a 52-year-old man into custody,” Police Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford said. The drama began, when the man walked into the reception area of the lawyers’ offices. Employee Betty Hor said he approached her and asked to see someone whom Hor had never heard of. Hor said the man then threw a book at her desk and told her to call the unknown man and the state attorney-general’s department and “tell them I’ve got a bomb in my backpack”.

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