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Workers excavating site of Alabama bunker standoff where kindergartner held hostage

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    Authorities continue their investigation at the site in Midland City, Ala., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 where a five year old boy was held hostage in an underground bunker before being rescued Monday. Authorities shot and killed Jimmy Dykes after a week long standoff. The boy who was freed from an underground bunker is acting like a typical 5-year-old by all accounts, playing with toys and running around, but psychology experts and a woman who suffered through a similar ordeal warn there could be long-term emotional scars. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)The Associated Press

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    Authorities continue their investigation at the site in Midland City, Ala., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 where a five year old boy was held hostage in an underground bunker before being rescued Monday. Authorities shot and killed Jimmy Dykes after a week long standoff. The boy who was freed from an underground bunker is acting like a typical 5-year-old by all accounts, playing with toys and running around, but psychology experts and a woman who suffered through a similar ordeal warn there could be long-term emotional scars. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)The Associated Press

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    Authorities continue their investigation at the site in Midland City, Ala., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 where a five year old boy was held hostage in an underground bunker before being rescued Monday. Authorities shot and killed Jimmy Dykes after a week long standoff. The boy who was freed from an underground bunker is acting like a typical 5-year-old by all accounts, playing with toys and running around, but psychology experts and a woman who suffered through a similar ordeal warn there could be long-term emotional scars. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)The Associated Press

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    Authorities continue their investigation at the site in Midland City, Ala., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 where a five year old boy was held hostage in an underground bunker before being rescued Monday. Authorities shot and killed Jimmy Dykes after a week long standoff. The boy who was freed from an underground bunker is acting like a typical 5-year-old by all accounts, playing with toys and running around, but psychology experts and a woman who suffered through a similar ordeal warn there could be long-term emotional scars. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)The Associated Press

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    Authorities continue their investigation at the site in Midland City, Ala., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 where a five year old boy was held hostage in an underground bunker before being rescued Monday. Authorities shot and killed Jimmy Dykes after a week long standoff. The boy who was freed from an underground bunker is acting like a typical 5-year-old by all accounts, playing with toys and running around, but psychology experts and a woman who suffered through a similar ordeal warn there could be long-term emotional scars. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)The Associated Press

Authorities are digging around the site where a man held a little boy hostage after killing a school bus driver in southeast Alabama.

Aerial photos taken Friday by The Associated Press show workers have partially excavated the bunker constructed by 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes.

Concrete-block steps lead up to the shelter's hatch-type door, which is open.

The images show authorities also are digging around the opening of a steel shipping container that neighbors say Dykes used for storage on his 1.5-acre tract near Midland City.

Officials say Dykes died of multiple gunshot wounds during an exchange of gunfire with FBI hostage rescuers on Monday. The 6-year-old is safe and back with his family after the six-day ordeal.

Authorities say Dykes fatally shot bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr.

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