South Africa: Police Successfully Diffuses Hostage Situation

Thandi Modise, minister of defence and miltary veterans, African National Congress flag, South African flag, South African Police Services
press release

National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINT)

This evening police successfully rescued at least three hostages at a hotel in Centurion, Pretoria.

At approximately 19:15 this evening police received a report of a possible hostage situation in which two Cabinet Ministers and a Deputy Minister were allegedly taken hostage.

After attempts to negotiate with the hostage takers to release the hostages had failed, police resorted to a tactical approach and successfully rescued the hostages.

There were no shots fired during the rescue.

At least 56 people, including seven women, have been arrested and they are likely to face charges of at least three counts of kidnapping.

While processing the suspects, three of them have been taken for medical checks after they complained of pains.

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