Special team members prepare to storm a bank in the center of Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on August 3, 2020, where a man has taken an hostage. (SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP)
KIEV - Police detained a man who took a hostage in a bank in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Monday, deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said. The hostage was released unharmed.
Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that the man came to the bank at midday, told employees there he had a bomb in his backpack and asked them to call police.
“Employees of the banking institution left the office while the head of the branch remained there (as hostage). Police have begun negotiations with the terrorist and asked him to surrender,” Gerashchenko said.
Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that the man came to the bank at midday, told employees there he had a bomb in his backpack and asked them to call police
Later Gerashchenko told local television that the man demanded to give interviews to journalists. Police allowed several reporters to talk to the hostage taker before storming the building.
In an encounter broadcast live on Ukraine’s 112.ua television channel the man was heard to claim to be a holy spirit and criticized the authorities, saying President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had not delivered on his promises.
It was the third such incident in recent weeks.
Last month, an armed man held 13 people captive on a bus for hours before freeing them. He was arrested.
On July 23 another man took a senior police officer hostage in central Ukrainian city of Poltava before being shot dead by police on Saturday. The hostage was unharmed.
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