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Clinton Campaigners Taken Hostage

The New York Times reports that a man has taken two Clinton campaign workers hostage at a Rochester, New Hampshire campaign office.

Senator Clinton was supposed to appear before the Democratic National Committee today in Virginia but has canceled her appearance as she deals with the ongoing situation in NH.

As Democratic national chairman Howard Dean made the announcement in a hotel ballroom here, gasps were heard from the crowd of several hundred delegates and party officials.“Details are sketchy at this time,? Mr. Dean said. “We will keep them in our prayers and hope for a resolution of this situation.? (New York Times )

Reports from WMUR state that witnesses claim that the armed man who has taken two campaign workers hostage has a bomb-like device strapped to his chest. The man has demanded to speak to Mrs. Clinton directly.

Currently police have surrounded the building with guns drawn. "There are sharp shooters on the roof, and police are negotiating with someone in the building," said another witness, who did not want to be identified. "The police are notifying all the business owners on the street to evacuate. There are fire trucks behind the Hillary Clinton office." (WMUR )