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Tenn. Man Holds College Classroom Hostage

A man with a gun and a butcher knife claiming to be a member of al-Qaida took a classroom of a dozen or more college students hostage Wednesday afternoon, then released four people several hours into the standoff, authorities said. No injuries or gunshots were reported in the standoff at Dyersburg State Community College, about 75 miles northeast of Memphis. The gunman, believed to have a 9mm pistol, had not made any demands but said he will kill himself, Police Chief Bobby Williamson said. Because the gunman claims to be a member of an international terrorist organization, the FBI has been called in, but Williamson said authorities have no reason to believe the claim. Justice Department officials in Washington also said they had no evidence that the claim was a member of al-Qaida. Williamson said there were 12 to 16 people in the classroom when the standoff began. Full Story

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