Photos: Hostage-taking at Malaysia kindergarten

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  1. A plainclothes police officer climbs to a window to negotiate with a man who held kindergarten students and teachers hostage in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state on Thursday, July 7. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Police commandos storm the kindergarten. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Smoke from a fire extinguisher coming out of the building where children and teachers were being held hostage. Malaysian police stormed the kindergarten and subdued a man who was wielding a machete and a hammer, ending a nearly seven-hour hostage drama. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Paramedics carry the alleged hostage-taker to an ambulance after police shot him in the head during an operation to end the hostage drama. District police officer Suhaimi Ahmad said all the hostages were safe. (EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Security officials carry away rescued children after subduing the alleged hostage taker. All 30 children and three teachers were safe, police said. (Mohd Fitri / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 7/7/2011 9:26:33 AM ET 2011-07-07T13:26:33

Police stormed a kindergarten and subdued a man wielding a machete and a hammer who was holding 30 children and three teachers hostage, Malaysian authorities said Thursday.

District police officer Suhaimi Ahmad said that all hostages were safe after the nearly seven-hour stand-off ended.

The New Straits Times newspaper reported that a smoke bomb was thrown into the building before special forces entered.

The hostage-taker was shot and then taken away, according to the paper.

The man barged into the kindergarten in southern Johor state at around 9 a.m. local time Thursday (10 p.m. ET Wednesday), Ahmad said earlier. Police cordoned off the area and negotiated with the suspect.

The Star newspaper reported the man told negotiators to give him a gun or he would kill the children.

A psychiatrist spoke to the man from outside the building during the stand-off, The Star reported earlier."He is hungry now and wants some food," Dr. Lau Keen Lee said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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