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Last Updated: Monday, 26 May, 2003, 04:30 GMT 05:30 UK
Bombay gunman charged
Guards at Bombay airport
The terminal was sealed off

A security guard who shot dead a commanding officer and took six colleagues hostage at Bombay's international airport has been charged with murder.

A magistrate in Bombay or Mumbai ordered that he be detained in the cutody of the police till the end of the month.

The guard gave himself up after a seven-hour stand-off with commandos and riot police on Saturday.

The hostages - five women and man - were released unharmed.

"He has surrendered after his mother, father and two police officers went in. There was no harm to anybody. He came out himself," said Bombay Police Chief Ranjit Sharma on Saturday.

Motives unclear

A city police spokesman told the BBC the guard suddenly opened fire at his senior colleague at point blank range, firing at least six rounds.

He said the man killed was a senior deputy commandant in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), mainly responsible for the security of the city's international airport.

It is not known why the man opened fire.

Terminal 2, where the shooting happened, was cordoned off, but flights were not disrupted, the Associated Press news agency quoted airport director Sudhir Kumar as saying.

Bombay, also known as Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra state and the country's western commercial capital.

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