SYDNEY, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Police stormed a Sydney office building and arrested a man who held his young daughter hostage and may have had a bomb, officials said. The girl, was rescued.
The man had said he had a bomb in his backpack but there was no immediate word on whether an explosive device was found.
The hostage incident may have stemmed from a child custody dispute, authorities said.
Riot police ended the 11-hour siege Tuesday minutes after the 12-year-old daughter was seen running from the building crying, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Police used a chainsaw and battering ram to break into the building, which houses law offices that are part of a district court complex.
A clerk for one of the lawyers told police the suspect and his daughter had walked into her office demanding to speak to someone from the local court, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“He was meant to go to court today but he couldn’t find this person and I think he just snapped,” Betty Hor said.
Hor said the man told her he had a bomb “as he walked down to the front of the building.”