Armed man holds Lebanon bank staff hostage

A Lebanese man armed with a shotgun broke into a Beirut bank on Thursday, holding employees hostage and threatening to set himself ablaze with gasoline unless he receives his trapped savings, a security official said.

The man, who entered a branch of the Federal Bank in Beirut’s bustling Hamra district, was carrying a canister of gasoline and held six or seven bank employees hostage, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, SIA cites Israeli media.

The man also fired three warning shots, the official said. Local media reported that he has about $200,000 stuck in the bank.

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