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TROUBLE IN PARADISE!

In from Costa Rica, an armed Uzbek man took eight hostages Friday at the Russian Embassy in Costa Rica, but released four hostages amid intense negotiations, the country’s security minister said.

Among those still being held was the Russian ambassador, Valery Nikolayenko, federal police spokesman Francisco Ruiz said.

Security forces quickly surrounded the building in San Jose, the capital, Ruiz said.

Ruiz said the man, between 17 and 20 years old from Uzbekistan, entered the embassy with his mother and took Ambassador Valery Nikolayenko and four other men and three women hostage. Police were considering the mother a hostage.

The Costa Rica TV network, Telenoticias, reported that the man was apparently upset over the embassy’s failure to process some undetermined paperwork.

Telenoticias said the man and his family have lived in Costa Rica for about a year.

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