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Hostage Standoff Ends in Guatemala City

A hostage standoff in the capital city of Guatemala has ended peacefully, after the hostage-taker surrendered to police.

Authorities in Guatemala City say 29-year-old Luis Escobar took at least 40 people hostage at a customer service call center after overpowering a security guard. He demanded to see his ex-lover and her new boyfriend.

Escobar claimed to have a bomb, and and threatened to blow up the building.

Police persuaded him to release the hostages and surrender after five hours of negotiations.

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