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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hostage-Taker Shot

MINSK () -- A man armed with explosives who took children and teachers hostage in a Belarussian kindergarten is in the hospital after being shot and wounded by a sharpshooter.

The children were passed to safety by a teacher through a toilet window.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sergei Khripach earlier said the man, identified as Alexander Zyulkov, 43, had been shot dead in the operation Tuesday, undertaken more than three hours after he seized 15 children and two teachers at 8:30 a.m. at kindergarten No. 511.

Unofficial reports said the man had demanded a review of a 1970s court decision ordering him to undergo psychiatric treatment.