France's equivalent to SWAT, GIGN, did an amazing job of defusing the situation. Watch the video to see actual footage of the raid.
Also on this day.
1999 Indian Airlines Flight 814 hijacked by the Taliban. 1 killed.
2000 Indonesia bombings, Abu Bakar Bashir ordered the bombings. Thirty-eight bombs in 11 cities exploded at Christian churches on Christmas Eve 2000, killing 19 people and wounding 120.