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Police: Announcement coming on Ala. hostage

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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say they will be making a major announcement in the case of a 5-year-old being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama.

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The news conference will be held this afternoon in Midland City. Police say 65-year-old Jim Dykes has been holding the boy hostage for days.

Before the news conference today, an ambulance that had been parked near the scene could be seen driving away. However, it was not clear if anyone was inside, and the vehicle did not have its sirens or emergency lights on.

Daryle Hendry, who lives about a quarter-mile from where Dykes was holed up, says he heard a boom followed by a gunshot this afternoon. It was not immediately known what may have caused the noise.

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