Family rescued from hostage takers

Muhammad Humaidan; 5/1/10;

Civil Defense officers rescued a woman and her children from a house in Jeddah’s Al-Safa district where they had been imprisoned by the woman’s husband who had been threatening to set the home on fire. “A Civil Defense team rushed to the location after receiving an emergency call and talked the 24-year-old Saudi father out of setting the home on fire,” said Abdullah Al-Amri, spokesman for the Civil Defense. “The man was carrying a gas cylinder in his right hand and had a lighter in the other. Both items were taken off him and he was handed over to the police.” Neighbours said the man had been in stressful mental state of late.