Gunmen release students taken hostage at Pakistan high school

Gunmen released unharmed more than 200 students and teachers they had taken hostage at a high school in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, the government said. After an hours-long standoff, the seven gunmen gave themselves up to a delegation of tribal negotiators, Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said. The gunmen had barged into the school near the town of Bannu after a chase and firefight with police that killed an eighth gunman and wounded a policeman. The chase began after they abducted the health chief of a neighboring district and two of his relatives, who were later freed, also unharmed.