November 30, 2007

Hostage Situation At Clinton NH HQ

Unfortunately, this isn't a joke. A man who claims to have a bomb strapped to his torso has taken over the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in Rochester, New Hampshire. Police have it surrounded (via Michelle Malkin):

Officials with the campaign confirmed that there were two workers taken hostage in the office on 28 North Main St.. A woman and her baby told workers at a neighboring business that she was released by the hostage-taker.

"A young woman with a 6-month or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, 'You need to call 911. A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape,'" witness Lettie Tzizik said.

There are several police officers positioned across the street from the office, crouched down behind cruisers with guns drawn, according to a reported at the scene.

Hillary Clinton is not at the campaign headquarters. Otherwise, the Secret Service detail would probably have already dispatched the bomber.

At one time, one could have written these kinds of people off as impotent lunatics, but the world has changed. It's still likely the work of a lunatic, but the kind of lunacy involved makes the difference between a hoaxer and a real bomber. For the sake of all involved, let's hope it's the former and not the latter.

We'll keep an eye on this story during our BTR show this afternoon for updates. If you comment on this thread, keep it responsible.

UPDATE: No one got hurt, and the hostage taker got arrested. Prayers answered -- and a couple of big cheers for the Rochester PD.


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