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Claim: Photographs show Asian law enforcement officials negotiating with (and shooting) a suspect who is holding children hostage.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2006]
Origins: According to the People's Daily Online, the
The two child hostages were rescued unharmed, and Kailin was taken to the hospital. Two additional photos from this sequence show one of the rescued children being carried out of the building, and fireman setting up an air cushion on the ground below the fifth-floor window as a precautionary safety measure:
In a bizarre coda to the story, Chinese media reported that the kidnapper was initially declared dead but was later found to be alive when funeral workers heard him groan as they were preparing him for cremation:
A man who was shot by police after kidnapping two children and shipped off to be cremated was found to be alive by funeral workers who heard him groan, state media and local officials said. Zhang Kailin, 36, was shot at point-blank range and fell to the ground from a five-storey window ledge after a tense two-hour standoff at a school in Hebei province, a paper said. He had taken two children hostage and demanded a 2,500 yuanIncidentally, this episode took place in China, not Japan, a fact that presumably invalidates much of the political diatribe tacked onto the
An April 2009 version of the e-mail, titled "The Art of Negotiation-Chinese Style," changed the closing to the following:
In North America and Europe, we would block off the street, take
Last updated: 18 April 2009
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