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Officers of Criminal Police and Omega anti-terrorism unit have apprehended four citizens of Kazakhstan who had taken a Kazakh family hostage. The objective of the four criminals was to acquire a house in Almati owned by the father of the family. The value of this house is estimated at USD 400,000.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn March 2015, police received information that multiple persons had taken hostage a Kazakh family that has been living in Latvia for some time – father, mother and their daughters. Hostages were being kept in some apartment in Riga, but the police had no exact information as to their whereabouts.

Criminals demanded the father of the family to re-register real estate property owned in Kazakhstan to one of their accomplices. In exchange, the criminals offered to release the family. It is worth mentioning that the value of the property in question is near USD 400,000. According to the police, the hostages and criminals had not met prior to the whole story.

After acquiring information regarding this hostage situation, the police launched criminal proceedings and multiple departments of criminal police were engaged in the operation. Though careful work, the police managed to trace where the hostages were being held. Officers also found out the exact number of criminals holding people hostage.

After going through all acquired information, the police decided to storm the apartment. Around five o’clock in the morning Omega anti-terrorism unit and Latvian State Police carried out a joint hostage rescue operation.

Aside from the hostages, there were two criminals in the apartment. Both were arrested during the operation. None of the hostages were hurt. While the anti-terrorism unit was carrying out the rescue operation, police officers were busy apprehending the two remaining criminals. All of the arrested people are citizens of Kazakhstan.

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