Officials: Boy Safe, Abductor Dead after Standoff

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Fearing child hostage was in danger, FBI stormed Ala. underground shelter, boy rescued.
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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a days-long standoff between police and the boy's abductor.

The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that Jim Dykes, the man who abducted the boy from a school bus after fatally shooting the bus driver, is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the situation.
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According to CBS: A U.S. official says Alabama hostage situation is over: kidnapped child is alive, kidnapper is dead.
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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say they will be making a major announcement in the case of a 5-year-old who is being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama.

The news conference will be held Monday afternoon in Midland City. Police say 65-year-old Jim Dykes has been holding the boy hostage for days.

Before the news conference Monday, an ambulance that had been parked near the scene could be seen driving away. However, it was not clear if anyone was inside, and the vehicle did not have its sirens or emergency lights on.


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