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The man, aged 26, has been described as a "schizophrenic" by the local authorities but has told police that he is a member of al-Qaeda.
After one hostage was released this afternoon, the armed man spoke to his sister during negotiations with the police but continues to hold three hostage.
The gunman insisted that he was motivated by "religious motivations" and had not carried out his attack with the motive of robbery or money.
The sister of the hostage taker told local media that "my brother is enraged". "He was placed in Ddass (care of the social services) when he was little, has the rage and is afraid of the outside world," she said.
Posted by tipper 2012-06-20 11:06||