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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.

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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.

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