6 hours hostage crisis ends at French bank

Paris, Aug 7

An apparently armed man who took six hostages at a bank in the French port city of Le Havre surrendered after nearly six hours, early today.

The 34-year-old with a history of mental problems freed the hostages one by one as the drama unfolded. The last captive was released shortly before the hostage-taker turned himself in, a police official said.

The hostage-taker was apparently armed with a handgun, but it was not immediately clear whether the weapon was real or fake.

Le Havre is a major port city on the English Channel coast and a vacation destination.

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