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Two New York university students being held hostage are freed in SWAT raid

University of Rochester

Two students from the University of Rochester, whose campus is shown, were rescued Sunday in a SWAT raid about four miles from campus, authorities said.

(University of Rochester)

Two missing New York college students who were forcibly abducted and then held hostage were rescued after a SWAT raid on a house about four miles from the University of Rochester campus, authorities said Monday.

One of the students had been shot in the leg before the Sunday night rescue operation began, Rochester police said.

The students -- – identified as Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo – had last been seen around 2 a.m. Saturday near the school and were reported missing that evening.

Police said the two college seniors, both from Illinois, had apparently been targeted, according to the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester. There were no details on what motivated the abduction.


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Both students were taken to the hospital, where one is recovering from the gunshot wound to the leg. His injury is considered non-life threatening.

Four people have been taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.



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