• Kyodo


A man who took two women hostage in his seventh floor hotel room jumped to his death Wednesday in the city of Fukuoka, police said.

The 33-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, did not respond to police efforts to persuade him to release the hostages, both of whom were hotel employees. At around 7:40 a.m., he jumped from a window just as police stormed into the room.

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