A five-year-old boy who was held captive in a bunker in the US state of Alabama for six days has been rescued after an operation by the FBI.
His captor, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, was killed during the raid. It is not yet known how he died.
FBI agent Steve Richardson said the child appears "physically unharmed" and had been taken to hospital.
He also said officers stormed the underground bunker after negotiations deteriorated with Mr Dykes and he was seen holding a gun.
A gunman who held a five-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama has been killed and the child was plucked to safety, an FBI spokesman said today.
His rescue came on the seventh day of a stand-off involving a suspect identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a Vietnam War veteran.
FBI spokesman Steve Richardson said the child "appears physically unharmed" and is being treated at a local hospital.
Police in Alabama are negotiating with a gunman who boarded a school bus, shot the driver dead, then fled with a six-year-old child.
The Dale County Sheriff told WBMA-TV that the man shot the driver in Midland City after he refused to let the child off the bus. The driver, whose identity was not released, later died of his wounds.
The Associated Press is reporting that the US school bus driver who was shot earlier today in Dale County, Alabama has since died.
Authorities say a gunman boarded the school bus, shot the driver and then fled with a six-year-old passenger.
It is understood the gunman has taken the child to an area behind a nearby church and police officers are continuing to negotiate with him.
A school bus driver in Alabama has been shot several times by a gunman who boarded the bus and then fled with a six-year-old passenger in Dale County, local media is reporting.
Sergeant Rachel David, of Dothan Police, told WSFA 12 that a man had been shot and the suspect was not yet in custody.
ABC 33 40 is reporting that police are currently in negotiations with the suspect who had taken the child to an area behind a nearby church.