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Two dead after US ‘hostage scenario’

US authorities say a reported hostage situation at a Texas doctor’s office has ended with two people dead.

A SWAT team found the bodies late on Tuesday after negotiators spent hours trying to speak to the people inside the building in Austin, police said.

Some homes nearby were evacuated as police responded and other residents were asked to stay inside their homes.

It is unclear what led to the deaths or who was inside the building, though a negotiator speaking into a loudspeaker said: “I want to help you work through this. You have saved a lot of lives.”

Austin police eventually sent in a robot, which identified a victim before a SWAT team decided to go inside.

No additional details were released on Tuesday night.

Police said additional information was expected to be released on Wednesday.

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