videoTwo detainees have held two guards hostage for hours in a Swedish prison. The convicted murderers were armed with razor blades. They demanded a helicopter and pizza and kebabs for fellow inmates. Although only that last demand was granted, the jailers were released anyway.
21 Jul. 2021
The dire situation took place in Hällby, about 100 kilometers west of the capital Stockholm, in a prison with the highest security level.
The two detainees have been convicted of murder and were armed with razor blades, according to local media. They holed up in a jailer’s quarters, where they previously held two guards, one man and one woman. They covered up the security cameras and demanded a helicopter, news site reports The Local.
The hostage takers also asked for pizza and kebab for all twenty detainees in their ward. Shortly afterwards, photos showed officers loading pizza boxes into a car. According to the newspaper aftonbladet the inmates released one of the hostages in exchange for the twenty pizzas.
Later, after being held hostage for nine hours, the detainees also released the second guard, although the other requirement was not met: a helicopter for a flight to freedom. “We are very grateful for the good outcome of this serious situation,” said security chief Jörgen From Nordin to the newspaper.
Initially, the police only reported that a major operation was underway at Hällby prison. The authorities have come out with large equipment. For example, there is a helicopter above the prison and there are special police units in front of the entrance. That would according to aftonbladet ready to invade the complex.
I can only imagine what it feels like to have a colleague in this situation
“This is a very dangerous situation,” said a spokesman for the Swedish prison service earlier in the evening. However, there would be a so-called ‘frozen situation’, which means that the other detainees are in their cells.
The hostage takers were taken to a police station. They face an additional prison sentence. The sentence for kidnapping in Sweden is a minimum of four and a maximum of eighteen years.
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