KRPF defuses hostage-taking in Akulivik


KUUJJUAQ — On Monday, members of the Kativik Regional Police Force managed to subdue an armed man in Akulivik who had barricaded himself and six others into the community’s co-operative store.

According to the KRPF, shortly after two o’clock in the afternoon the local detachment received a call saying that a man with a .22 calibre rifle was holding six people hostage in the co-op store.

KRPF constable Larry Hubert then cordoned off the area until he received back-up from three police officers from Puvirnituq arrive in Akulivik. A scheduled Air Inuit flight was diverted from Ivujivik back to Puvirnituq in order to bring the additional police to Akulivik.

By five o’clock they had talked the man into giving up. He was then brought to Puvirnituq and later transferred to Amos.

Alashuak Aliqu, 26, has been charged with unlawful confinement, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering death threats, mischief, and using a firearm while committing a criminal offense. A conviction on the last charge would require a minimum of one year in jail.

Aliqu will remain in detention until his bail hearing. He will appear in court in Puvirnituq in November.

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