Malaysian police said the man who took 30 pre-school children and four teachers hostage at a kindergarten in a dramatic seven-hour standoff had died after being shot in the head.
Authorities said all the children and their teachers were rescued unharmed after a sharpshooter ended the crisis in southern Malaysia with a single shot after a team of elite police stormed the building.
“We have ended the hostage taking. The children and teachers are safe. The hostage taker armed with a hammer and machete has been taken to a local hospital,” a police official said on condition of anonymity.