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Kimmirut standoff ends peacefully

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A two-day armed standoff that followed an armed robbery in Kimmirut ended peacefully on Nov. 28.

RCMP arrested two adult men and a 17-year-old youth for robbery with a firearm after the three gave up Tuesday evening, said Cpl. Randy Slawson with the Iqaluit RCMP.

The three had barricaded themselves inside a residence in the community since early Monday morning, Slawson said.

Police surrounded the home for nearly two days, when RCMP negotiators convinced the three to surrender. No one was injured.

The community’s school and several businesses closed while police handled the situation, but re-opened on Wednesday, Slawson said.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit and Kimmirut RCMP are in the community and continue to investigate.

Police had not released the names of the three arrested men as of the Nunatsiaq News press-time this past Wednesday.

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