Soldier takes girlfriend hostage in Istanbul school

Soldier takes girlfriend hostage in Istanbul school

ISTANBUL

A Turkish soldier who deserted his military base has taken his girlfriend hostage in a school in Istanbul.

According to local media, the private stormed Melek Aknik High School in Pendik district at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 10.

The soldier took a female employee of the school hostage. She was later identified as the man’s girlfriend.

The couple had recent arguments over their relationship, media reports said.

The soldier surrendered after a “negotiation team” of the police persuaded him in less than an hour.

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