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Man Releases German Kids Held Hostage

April 12, 2005

ENNEPETAL, Germany (AP) _ Four schoolchildren were set free Tuesday after being held for more than six hours by a man wielding two knives, police said.

The man pulled the four girls off a public bus in northwest Germany and forced them into a nearby home where they were held in a cellar. There was no immediate word on their condition, said police spokesman Joerg Blaszyk.

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