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.