• Jiji, KYODO


A doctor who was believed to be held as a hostage at a house in Saitama Prefecture on Thursday was likely killed instantly by a gunshot to his chest, police sources said Saturday.

A man who was arrested after a deadly 11-hour hostage standoff that ended Friday in Fujimino had been telling police officers during the standoff that the hostage was alright, but the police now suspect he was lying.

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