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French gunman releases second hostage in Toulouse: media

06-21-2012 00:09 BJT

PARIS, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The second of the four hostages held Wednesday morning by a gunman in Toulouse, southwest France, was released, local channel BFMTV reported.

A women hostage had been released about an hour ago and the other two were still held by the gunman who claimed links with al-Qaeda. He fired a shot in a branch of French bank CIC and then took four staff from the bank as hostages.

The report quoted police sources as saying that discussions were underway to seek the release of the others.

The gunman was acting out of the religious conviction, the channel quoted a prosecutor source as saying.

Water and food were prepared for the three on-holds, the BFMTB said.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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