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Man holds 23 relatives hostages in Pakistan after loss in gambling

Xinhua,December 30, 2017 Adjust font size:

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- A man held his 23 relatives hostage in Pakistan's Rawalpindi city after they refused to lend him money for his bad luck in gambling, local media reported Saturday.

The 30-year-old man, who had been running some business in construction sector, lost all his fortune in gambling and asked his family to give him money to establish the business again, Geo News reported.

The report said that he held them hostage on gunpoint after the family refused to pay him, and he shot his father-in-law injured.

The family's neighbors informed police about the incident after which a kid was recovered. The man was said suffering from some mental illness and was also under the influence of drugs.

A city police officer said later that the police have arrested the criminal.

A policeman also got injured in cross fire by the gambling loser, the officer said. Enditem