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Woman locks herself in house, threatens to set herself alight

Officers outside the house in Tseri

A woman has locked herself in her house in Nicosia and is refusing to come out after the authorities tried to deliver an order for her to undergo a psychiatric examination.

The woman has been locked in the house in Tseri since last night with reports saying she also has her two underage children with her.

Reports said she has threatened to set herself on fire.

Police negotiators are on the scene trying to convince her to come out.

In a similar incident last Thursday, it took police 12 hours of negotiations to persuade an armed man to surrender after he too had been issued with a court order mandating his admission to a psychiatric hospital.

The 62-year-old, armed with a hunting shotgun, had begun making threatening gestures from the balcony of his flat in the Acropolis area.

As a precaution, authorities evacuated the other tenants in the building. Police cordoned off the block and riot squad officers were positioned around the building.

Police negotiators positioned on the street below maintained contact, trying to convince the man to surrender his weapon and turn himself in.

The man finally opened the door of the apartment early on Friday and was arrested and taken to hospital.


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