Hostage Situation at UK Bowling Alley Apparently Not Terror-Related

There are currently no known casualties
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2017 1:10 PM CDT
UK Police: Bowling Alley Hostage Incident Not Terror-Related
   (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

A police department in central England says a reported hostage-taking incident at a bowling alley is "unconnected to any terrorist activity," AP reports. British media cited eyewitnesses at Bermuda Park, a shopping center in Nuneaton, as saying the area was locked down because a man with a shotgun had taken hostages at a bowling alley. The Warwickshire Police department said Sunday the force was still responding to the incident. It did not confirm the reports of an armed standoff and provided no details except to say the incident was not terror-related. The local ambulance service said an air ambulance had departed the scene and there were so far no casualties.

Mehdi Amshar, chief executive of the MFA Bowl bowling alley, told Sky News he had been informed two employees were being held at gunpoint. He added he thinks the gunman is an ex-husband or former boyfriend of an employee, but couldn't be sure. Amshar says all customers have left the premises and are safe, but there had been no contact with the two staff members.

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