Belgorod bank gunman held, no one injured - police

A man who seized the office building of Zapadny Bank in Belgorod has been apprehended after voluntarily surrendering his weapon, the Interior Ministry told Interfax.

A man who seized the office building of Zapadny Bank in Belgorod has been apprehended after voluntarily surrendering his weapon, the Interior Ministry told Interfax.

"Belgorod regional police chief Viktor Pesterev walked into the bank building for talks with the gunman," the spokesperson told Interfax.

"A while later the gunman voluntarily surrendered the weapon and was apprehended," the spokesperson said.

The man is now testifying. No one was injured in the incident.

It was reported that the local branch of Zapadny Bank, which has lost its license, was seized by local man Alexander Vdovin.

Vdovin released all the three hostages and surrendered his gun to the local police chief, Belgorod regional police spokeswoman Yelena Checheneva told Interfax.

"Literally three minutes ago Viktor Pesterev, the head of the regional police, emerged from the Zapadny bank building. He was holding the rifle that was given to him by the hostage-taker Vdovin," Checheneva said.

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