23 May, 2020 11:41
A standoff with a hostage-taker has unfolded in central Moscow, empty due to the Covid-19 quarantine, after an assailant holed up at a downtown bank. Reports said he was threatening to blow the building up.
Moscow police initially responded to an emergency call from one of the bank’s employees, who said the assailant had burst into the building and threatened to blow it up. At least five clerks are assumed to have been inside at the time.
Later reports said that only one person remained in the building as authorities tried to negotiate the situation.
The hostage-taker had apparently worn the uniform of a local food delivery chain; however this has, as yet, not been confirmed.
The Alfa Bank office, located on a busy avenue in central Moscow, was quickly sealed off by arriving police patrols, with officers establishing contact with the suspect.
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