Man takes hostage in Mali consulate in Barcelona

2018-03-20 08:49
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Barcelona - A man from Mali was holding a woman hostage in the African country's consulate in Barcelona, police said on Monday.

A spokesperson from the Mossos d'Esquadra, the regional police force in Catalonia where the seaside city is located, told AFP they received an alert mid-afternoon "that a woman was being held against her will inside Mali's consulate in Barcelona".

Police officers are negotiating with him, the spokesperson said.

Spanish media said the woman being held is the wife of the honourary consul, adding the man was requesting the necessary legal papers to be able to return to Mali, but the Mossos spokesperson would not confirm these details.

It is unclear whether he is armed or not.

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