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Clinton to Resume Campaign After Hostage Standoff at Local Office


U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she will resume her campaign schedule after a peaceful ending of a hostage situation in one of her campaign offices in the state of New Hampshire.

A man walked into Senator Clinton's campaign offices in the town of Rochester Friday, wearing what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his body. He demanded to see the New York senator and refused to let anyone leave.

Police negotiated with the disturbed man for several hours and eventually got him to release his captives, including a young mother and her infant child.

After freeing his last captive, the man surrendered. Authorities say what appeared to be a bomb turned out to be road flares.

Senator Clinton flew to New Hampshire shortly after the siege ended to meet with the freed hostages and the police who handled the situation.

She says it was a very "tough and difficult day" for her and her campaign.

The hostage taker has been identified as Leeland Eisenberg, 46. CNN television says he had one of the hostages call its Washington bureau so he could speak to the network staffers during the standoff. He said he had mental problems, but was not able to get help and he demanded to speak to the former first lady.

Senator Clinton says Eisenberg was someone in need of help, but took the wrong approach. He is facing state charges of kidnapping and reckless conduct, and could face federal charges.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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