URGENT Man Holds Hostages on Bus Near Canadian Parliament
OTTAWA (AP) _ A man hijacked a Greyhound bus bound from Montreal to New York on Friday and it was driven to the Canadian Parliament, where he threatened to blow it up, authorities said.
Sharpshooters from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police surrounded the bus, which was parked on the lawn in front of the House of Commons, witnesses said.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots from the area near the bus, but it was not known if there were any injuries to the eight to 11 people believed on board.
One unidentified hostage left the bus with a note saying the man had dynamite and wanted to talk to the media.
One witness, House of Commons employee Andre Parent, said a man had overpowered the driver of the bus and fired two shots.
The bus apparently tried to pull away by driving across the lawn in front of the main building of the House of Commons building, but it appeared to get stuck in the grass.
An RCMP officer was seen approaching the bus with his hands in the air, and shots were fired.
A Montreal radio station reported that the bus had been hijacked in Montreal, and Vermont police said the bus, carrying eight to 11 passengers, was taken over as it was leaving Montreal for New York.
Police apparently turned down the man’s request to talk to reporters.
Traffic was sealed off for blocks around the Parliament complex. Dozens of police and a crowd of spectators gathered against the stone and wrought-iron fence that lines Parliament Hill. People were evacuated from offices near the scene.