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Cops rescue 3 kids, 2 women from parang-wielding man

No one knows what made the unemployed man snap.

Last night (May 16), he suddenly ran amok, accusing his wife and mother of using black magic on him, then started beating the wife.

Armed with a parang, the man in his 30s also held his terrified family captive inside the terrace house in Malacca.

Among the hostages: His three daughters, ages three to nine, and the two women.

Neighbours who heard their cries for help alerted the police when they failed to open the door, newspaper The Star reported.

Seven-hour standoff

Police rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call at 7.15pm.

State police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said:

"Attempts to negotiate with the suspect failed even after we have tried talking to him and have even called his family members to be here to negotiate with him.

"However, at 2am, the suspect started to act aggressively, forcing us to storm in."

A loud scream was heard at 2.15am. Officers then walked out of the house.

Minutes later, a 40-year-old woman, believed to be the man's wife, was wheeled into an ambulance with injuries on her face and eyes.

The other hostages were rushed to Malacca Hospital. All suffered minor injuries.

Datuk Chuah said police had found the youngest daughter hiding inside a closet. She was persuaded to come out of hiding after the drama was over.

Sources: Star Online, New Straits Times

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