7 Jul 2011

Police end siege at Malaysian pre-school

10:34 pm on 7 July 2011

Malaysian police have shot a man who took 30 pre-school children and four teachers hostage at a kindergarten, ending a dramatic seven-hour standoff.

Authorities in the town of Muar in the southern state of Johor say all the children and their teachers were rescued unharmed on Thursday.

They say a sharpshooter shot the man, who was armed with a machete and hammer, in the head. He is in a critical condition.

Police took action after numerous attempts to secure a surrender - from police negotiators, a local psychiatrist and desperate family members - all failed, AFP reports.

Muar was also the scene in of another kindergarten siege when a man armed with a hammer barged into a school and seriously injured three young children in March last year.