A hostage situation at Alfa bank in Russia's Moscow triggered panic on Saturday. About 5-6 people were held captive by an assailant, following which police immediately rushed to the bank. Scenes outside the bank showed several police teams and vehicles assembled at the site. The bank is located at 41 Zemlyanoy Val in the centre of Moscow. According to maps, Alfa bank and Sberbank branches are located in the said building.
The attacker was later detained by the police, Sputnik has reported.
Meanwhile, the bank has said that there was no loss of life during the hostage situation. "The situation has just ended safely, no one was hurt. The hostage-taker, although I doubt we can call him that, because he looks like a mentally unstable person, was detained by law enforcement agencies," the bank representive told Sputnik.