World Bulletin / News Desk
A man who said he was armed with a bomb held three people hostage at a school in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan on Thursday, police said.
Two students and a security officer were barricaded into a third-floor classroom with the man after he freed a fourth hostage identified as a teacher.
"The man held a paper bag in his hands and said it contained an explosive device," said Dmitry Beryozin, a police spokesman in the city near the Caspian Sea.
The man asked police to bring him food and drink but made no other immediate demands, the regional branch of Russia's Investigative Committee said.
Russian news agencies had reported earlier on Thursday that the man was armed with a pistol.Last Mod: 14 Mart 2013, 15:13