Police shoot fugitive in hostage stand-off on bus
Nanjing police yesterday shot a 32-year-old knife-wielding assailant who had taken bus passengers hostage Another person was also shot, China News Service reported, but the victim's identity could not be confirmed.
Local media in the capital city of Jiangsu province reported that the bus was carrying four people who were accused of causing serious bodily harm resulting in death in Ningbo on Saturday.
Armed with a knife, one of the suspects, who police named as Yang Bing, held a nine-year-old girl hostage at the back of the bus after officers boarded it.
Several police units mediated at the scene, and the surrounding area, including a bridge, was locked down, China News Service reported.
The three other suspects quickly surrendered to police. Media reports said a gunshot was heard around 3pm.
Yang was shot by a special police unit after refusing to surrender, and appeared to be emotional.
The hijacking was contained in about two hours. All passengers, including the girl hostage, were freed.
Police said Yang was wounded but not killed.
They said Yang, aged 32 and from Chongqing, and the other suspects allegedly stabbed a man to death in a Ningbo karaoke club during a fight.
The stand-off began when Nanjing police boarded the bus to perform a security check after receiving a tip-off about the suspected fugitives from Ningbo police, China News Service said.
Police stopped the bus around lunchtime as it was travelling from Huainan in Anhui province to Xiaoshan in Zhejiang province. The number of passengers was not known.
A police investigation is ongoing.
In December, a 28-year-old man with a history of mental illness hijacked a car and held a man hostage with a fruit knife in Xiamen, Fujian province. He was sentenced in April to five-and-a-half years in jail and fined 5,000 yuan (HK$6,100). He filed for an appeal, but it was rejected yesterday by the intermediate court in Xiamen.