(CNN) -- A police operation freed five bank employees who had been taken hostage in central Russia, a regional governor told state TV.
The operation freed three men and two women, including one who is pregnant, Gov. Aman Tuleyev of Kemerovo told Russian television.
Police killed the gunman who had taken the hostages, he said.
The gunman took the hostages Friday in the Ursa Bank, in the city of Leninsk-Kuznetsky, according to the Interfax news agency, which quoted a police spokesman.
Initial reports indicated that the man had demanded a "large sum of money," the news agency quoted police spokesman Yevgeny Ilyasov as saying.