Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for October
M T W T F S S
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Party Ends With A Bang As Hostage Is Freed

It was a party that went with a swing and ended with a bang as police were called to rescue hostages and save the life of a terrified young woman. The drama of the big night out happened in the port town of Magadan in eastern Russia's remote Kolyma region with police describing what happened as "a private party that went bad". According to police, intoxicated guest Anatoly Ignatieff, 37, suddenly took a knife to the hostess Catherine Samsonova, 23, and announced that nobody would be leaving the bash until he was given a quantity of cash and drugs. Recently released from jail on drugs offences, Ignatieff held the guests at bay while holding a knife to the throat of the woman. David Volkov, 27, a guest at the party held in a private apartment, said: "It was terrifying. One minute we are dancing to gentle swing music, the next we have a madman in our midst. He had a look in his eyes that wasn't human. Catherine was terrified. "She was whimpering and crying and he just said: 'Shut it, or I will kill you.' There were a lot of guys at this party but no-one wanted to make a move because he was so pumped up he would have killed her in a heartbeat." Unbeknown to Ignatieff, a female guest managed to send an SMS to a friend outside who in turn contacted police. A special squad trained in firearms and hostage negotiation was sent and they came along with a bag of Russian cash to appease the knife wielding man - 50,000 rubles (843 GBP) in all. "He still wasn't satisfied," added Volkov. "He shouted to the cops outside that he wasn't giving up his hostage." The police were left with no option but to storm the place. Officers clambered into another room of the flat through a window and burst into the room where he was holding her hostage with guns blazing. Ignatieff was shot in the hand and immediately arrested. The woman was unharmed. According to police he was released from a psychiatric hospital one year ago, after spending several years on a court order, and was still supposedly being monitored for his actions.

austriantimes.com


Latest News

 

Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.

Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.

Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.

Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.

Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.

Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.

Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.

Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning in a swimming pool.

Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.

Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers