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Armed man carrying explosives holds 20 people hostage after seizing a bus in Ukraine 

Armed man carrying explosives holds 20 people hostage after seizing a bus in Ukraine

  • The assailant is armed and carrying explosives, officials have claimed online 
  • Authorities said the man was frustrated with ‘Ukraine’s system’ on Facebook
  • He is holding 20 people hostage after seizing control of a bus in Lutsk, Ukraine 

An armed man is holding around 20 people hostage on a bus after complaining about the ‘Ukraine’s system’ in a series of posts online.

Police sealed off the centre of Lutsk, a city 250 miles west of Kiev, earlier today and one photograph showed officers laying on the ground using a car for shelter as they worked to rescue the victims.

The assailant is armed and carrying explosives, officers said in a Facebook statement.

The assailant is armed and carrying explosives, officers said in a Facebook statement. Pictured, Ukranian law enforcement officers lie on the ground behind a car near the bus

Bullet holes can be seen in the side of a white bus with blue stripes, which also had three shattered windows.  

Authorities have identified the man and said that he expressed frustration with ‘Ukraine’s system’ on his social media pages.

Ukrainian media reported that gunshots could be heard at the scene. It was not immediately clear whether anyone has been injured.

More to follow. 

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