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Man takes hostages at bank in central Russian city

April 21, 2014, 13:48 UTC+3 BELGOROD
Reports say the man wants his money back after learning that the bank’s license has been revoked
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BELGOROD, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. A man has taken several people hostage at a subsidiary of Bank Zapadny, which license was revoked on Monday, in the city of Belgorod, central Russia, demanding 25 million rubles (about $694,400), local police reports on Monday.

Reports say he wants his money back after learning that the bank’s license has been revoked. Earlier, local police confirmed that “according to early reports, a man, armed with hunting weapons, got into a bank,” saying that there were three people there at the moment.

A crisis center has been set up. The building and adjacent territory was blocked by police, the press service of the regional police headquarters said. There is a kindergarten and a school 100 meters away from the bank. The head of the regional police headquarters has left for the scene.

On April 21, the Bank of Russia revoked the license for banking operations from Bank Zapadny.

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