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Malaysia Hostage Standoff Ends, Children Unharmed

Police commandos storm the kindergarten where children and teachers are being held hostage in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state, July 7, 2011

Malaysian police have freed 30 pre-school children and their four teachers hours after they were taken hostage Thursday by a hammer and machete-wielding man in southern Jolor state.

Police fired tear gas and stormed the building after several hours of negotiations had failed. The standoff ended when a police sniper shot and wounded the suspect.

All of the hostages were freed unharmed.

The Malaysian Star newspaper says the man barged into the kindergarten wielding a hammer. Police say he threatened to kill the children if negotiators did not give him a gun.

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