Child hostages freed in French preschool

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Gendarmes entered a pre-school Monday where a 17-year-old armed with swords was holding several small children and their teacher hostage in eastern France.

Specialists officers in masks, their firearms pointed at the school’s windows and doors, entered the building in the city of Besancon around lunchtime. They were in contact by telephone with the hostage-taker, according to an official with the regional police headquarters.

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