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Elderly Japanese hostage taker 'had grudge' with post office

TOKYO: Japanese police on Wednesday (Nov 1) were probing the motives of an 86-year-old who took two women hostage in a post office after reportedly first setting his home on fire and shooting into a hospital.

Two people were wounded at the hospital in Saitama, outside Tokyo, while the two hostages were unharmed after an eight-hour ordeal at the hands of the irate and armed pensioner on Tuesday.

Media reports said Tsuneo Suzuki had a grudge against the postal service and was angry with a doctor at the hospital.

“He demanded to police officers at the scene that he wanted to see a specific someone,” a Saitama police spokesman told AFP, adding only that an investigation was ongoing.

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