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Man holds 6-year-old niece hostage at gunpoint to win back his wife who dumped him

By Mason White 12:42 PM February 15, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A young girl was left traumatized after she was held hostage by her uncle.

The 34-year-old man was arrested after holding his 6-year-old niece hostage at gunpoint in Boipatong, South Africa.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said that the man and his wife separated after a domestic dispute. Then man went to his mother-in-law’s home to speak to his estranged wife, but she was not there.

The man found his niece and her grandmother at home. He took the child, put a gun to her head and demanded that his wife be brought to him, Makhubela said.

Hostage negotiators were called and after three hours, the man finally released the child unharmed, police said.

He was arrested and charged with kidnapping and possession of a firearm without a license.