Ukraine police kill man after another incident of hostage-taking, says official | The Levant

Ukraine police kill man after another incident of hostage-taking, says official

Three hostages walk out of a seized passenger bus in the city of Lutsk, Ukraine July 21, 2020. (Reuters)
Three hostages walk out of a seized passenger bus in the city of Lutsk, Ukraine July 21, 2020. (Reuters)

A man who had taken a senior police officer hostage a week ago and then escaped was killed by police special forces in central Ukraine early on Saturday when he took a new hostage and exploded a grenade, a senior government official said. Ukraine police

The man, called Roman Skrypnyk, was found by a police officer in the early hours in an uninhabited house outside the central city of Poltava, deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said.

“Skrypnyk, threatening with a grenade, took a policeman hostage. The criminal was killed by police special forces after a well-aimed shot,” Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.

The hostage had only a few seconds to jump clear when the grenade exploded but was unharmed, Gerashchenko said, giving no more details.

Police did not name the hostage-taker, but confirmed the killing, without giving details of the incident.

Gerashchenko said it was Skrypnyk who had taken a policeman hostage on July 23 in Poltava and driven off with him before abandoning both the car and the officer and running into a forest.

In a separate incident in Ukraine earlier this month, an armed man held 13 people captive on a bus for hours before releasing them. Ukraine police

source: Reuters

Image source: Reuters

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