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    Hostages in Italy's Reggio Emilia Released After 7 Hours of Captivity (VIDEO)

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    According to the local media, the name of the hostage-taker is Francesco Amato and he was sentenced last week to 19 years in prison for participation in organized crime.

    Italian police managed to convince the hostage taker to release all the people from the post office an turn in to the authorities with no casualties, RaiNews24 reported, citing Carabinieri General Claudio Domizi.

    Previously, media reported that the man, carrying a large knife, took 12 people hostage in a post office of the northern Italian city of Pieve Modolena. He demanded to meet Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta, threatening to kill the hostages.

    However, Amato later released seven clients of the post office and one of its employees.


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