The solution to ending a hostage-taking in a Swedish jail: pizza

Special units of the Swedish police, in the operation deployed in Hallby prison in Eskilstuna (Photo: KARLSSON PER via TT NEWS AGENCY / . via .)

A taking of two guards as hostages in the Hallby prison in Sweden has concluded after several hours and a particular outcome in the negotiations with the mediator. A request for a score of pizzas for all the prisoners in a block.

Two prisoners convicted of alleged murder cases had barricaded themselves in a guard room at Hallby prison, about 100 kilometers west of Stockholm, armed with razor blades. Around 7:00 p.m. (local time), the first hostage was released, while the other was later released.

According to a report published by Aftonbladet, the rioters had covered the surveillance cameras and demanded a helicopter. Likewise, they have ended up demanding that the 20 inmates in their wing receive pizzas, in exchange for which they offered the release of a hostage. In addition, they have specified that they carry kebab ingredients. Shortly after, photos showed police officers loading several pizza boxes into a car.

The police version

Shortly after that image, the authorities announced that the two kidnappers were back in custody. “The two suspects have been arrested and taken to the police headquarters in Eskilstuna,” they said from the body in a statement.

At first, the Police have limited themselves to saying that a major operation was being carried out in the prison and that there were agents with special authority in place, although they later confirmed on their website that the two inmates had been barricaded himself in a room where there were also two prison guards.

Hallby Prison has 98 security class 1 seats, the highest security level of Swedish prisons, according to the Swedish Prison Inspectorate.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.


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