In a bank branch in Moscow, a man took at least one hostage on Saturday. This was reported by several news agencies. He is threatened with an explosion. At first there had been talk of five hostages, a little later one. Pictures on the Internet show how the police cordoned off the bank in the center of the capital.
According to the state agency Tass, the perpetrator should be masked and have a yellow bag with him. He is said to have asked for money. The background was initially unclear. The police operation continued at noon. (dpa)