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30 kindergarten children and teachers taken hostage by machete-wielding man

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macheteA MACHETE-wielding man has taken 30 children and teachers hostage at a kindergarten, triggering a stand-off with police.


The man, who was also carrying a claw-hammer, barged into the kindergarten in a residential area of southern Johor state, in Malaysia, early today.

District police officer Suhaimi Ahmad said armed officers had cordoned off the area and were attempting to negotiate with the man.

Some reports suggested one child had died.

The Star newspaper said in its online edition that the man told negotiators to give him a gun or he would kill the children.

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