9-year-old taken hostage with knife to throat in Istanbul, attacker shot

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 04.02.2016 00:00
Updated 04.02.2016 01:28
Special operation forces vehicle at the scene where the attacker was shot and the 9-year-old was rescued DHA Photo
Special operation forces vehicle at the scene where the attacker was shot and the 9-year-old was rescued (DHA Photo)

A special operation forces team late Wednesday rescued a 9-year-old boy from a knife-wielding man, who took the boy hostage at a nearby field and took him to his house in İstanbul's Kartal district.

The hostage situation began in a field in Topselvi neighborhood and continued in the attacker's house on Liman Street, lasting for three hours.

The 23-year-old knifed attacker named Emre T. took the little boy captive and held a knife to his throat as he dragged him to his house.

The attacker was shot by police after efforts to calm him down yielded no result.

The 9-year-old was then fortunately rescued and taken to hospital.

As Emre T. was carried to the ambulance a brawl broke out in which the police had to open fire into the air to disperse the crowd.

Emre T. was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but couldn't be saved, Marmara University Pendik Training and Research Hospital officials reported.

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