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2 WOMEN TAKE HOSTAGES IN KANSAS BANK

Two women entered a suburban Kansas City bank and took several employees hostage Friday. Police were trying to negotiate with the women over the telephone as a SWAT team patrolled outside.

At least one of the women was armed, officials said.

The women entered a Bank of America branch in Olathe shortly after 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve and took four to six people hostage, FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said. All of the hostages were bank employees, he said.

Police were tipped by a frantic call from inside the bank, Olathe Police Lt. Larry Griffin said.

Initial reports that a shot was fired inside the bank could not be immediately confirmed. No injuries were reported.

During the standoff, one hostage walked outside the bank, retrieved something from a car belonging to one of the women and went back inside, Lanza said.

Officials would not give further details.

Lanza said the incident was the Kansas City area's first hostage situation at a bank in about nine years.

"I've never seen two female bank robbers working as a team in Kansas City," he said.

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