Robbers hold bank staff hostage in tense standoff with FBI and SWAT teams

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A tense standoff between bank robbers holding Wells Fargo bank employees hostage is ongoing with FBI and SWAT teams.

Cops raced down to the robbery at the bank in St. Cloud at around 2pm on Thursday, (8pm GMT).

Police have confirmed those held hostage are staff members of the bank inside the branch, and at this moment only two people have been released so far.

It's not yet known how many people are being kept inside by the bank robbers in Minnesota, US, since the incident began five hours ago.

Local units were dispatched as well as the FBI who are attempting to negotiate with the robbers, local media reports

Shortly before 6.30pm, (12.30am GMT Friday) a woman was scene emerging with her hands in the area as she ran towards the police.

Crowds who were watching the scene from a safe distance away, cheered as she was safely escorted away by officers.

When she walked out a SWAT member took her to the side and patted her down, as the wad of cash broke up and fell to the ground in the wind at the bank's door.

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After she walked out, another person appeared to open the bank's front door and throw a wad of cash outside.

Reporters at the scene state a second person was helped out at the bank at 1am GMT.

Armoured vehicles are responding to the scene with the large military trucks situated in the parking lot.

"We can confirm a hostage situation at Wells Fargo's St. Cloud South branch, located at 200 33rd Avenue South," Wells Fargo spokesperson Staci Schiller stated in a release.

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"We recognise this is a traumatic moment for the community and our colleagues. The safety and security of our customers and employees is our most important priority."

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