Alabama hostage siege ends

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 has said.

FBI: Alabama child hostage 'physically unharmed'

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.

Alabama stand-off ends with child safe, gunman dead

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.

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Reports: US school bus driver shot and child abducted

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.