Man May Still Hold Clinton Staffer Hostage

Candidate is out of state; Obama, Edwards offices were evacuated
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 2:25 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, talks to over 1,000 supporters at the Odell Weeks Community Center during a campaign stop Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, in Aiken, S.C. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An armed man is believed to have one remaining hostage today at Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, NH, after releasing three people, including a child, WMUR reports. Said one freed hostage, “He opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape." Clinton was scheduled to attend a meeting in Virginia but canceled her appearance, CNN reports.

Neighboring businesses were evacuated, as were Barack Obama’s and John Edwards' Rochester offices. Sharpshooters positioned themselves on roofs, said eyewitnesses, and police communicated with the hostage-taker via megaphone. "We’ve had no security issues, and I’m not even sure this is a threat to her, to my knowledge," a campaign official told the New York Times. (Read more hostage stories.)