Father and his 3-year-old daughter dead after armed hostage crisis in Amsterdam

Police have found the bodies of a man and his three-year-old daughter after storming a home in the Netherlands, scene of an hours-long hostage crisis on Thursday, police and media said.

"The bodies of the hostage-taker and a three-year-old girl have been found in the home," local news channel L1 reported, quoting the mayor of Reuver, a small town about 200 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Amsterdam.

The hostage crisis began in the morning when the divorced man shot a woman, believed to be his ex-wife, in the leg and fled into the home with the toddler, police said.

Police stormed the home around 2.45 pm (1345 GMT) after which explosions and at least two shots were heard.

Shortly afterwards, television pictures showed paramedics removing the bodies from the home.

The Netherlands was shaken in May by the murder of two young brothers aged seven and nine by their father, who killed them and dumped their bodies in a ditch near the Rhine river.

The father then committed suicide.