Six Taiwan prisoners commit suicide after taking hostages in escape bid

February 12, 2015 5:05 AM

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Six Taiwan prisoners commit suicide after taking hostages in escape bid

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Six armed inmates who held a warden and guards hostage in a failed bid to escape a prison in southern Taiwan committed suicide early Thursday and all the hostages are free, a top justice official said.

The Justice Ministry said authorities had rejected the inmates' demands for safe exit from the prison during the hours-long standoff after the inmates seized weapons. By the pre-dawn hours, the inmates had released all hostages except the warden. They then shot themselves, and the warden was able to...

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