Five members of the Japanese Red Army left for Kuala Lumpur Airport on Wednesday (6 August) with 15 hostage they had held in an office building in the Malaysian capital for two days.
GV US Assurance building
GV Troops leaving building
SV Officials leaving building
LV Gunman brings two hostages, one gunmen checks but and others watch hostages with hands in air
SV Newsmen watch
LV Hostage with hands on head board bus with gunmen covering them (2 shots)
GV PAN Bus leaves for airport
GV Troops move in to Consulate building TILT UP TO building
SV PAN Hostages being freed and put into police cars (2 shots)
GV Coach arriving at Kuala Lumpur Airport
GV Kuala Lumpur airport
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Background: Five members of the Japanese Red Army left for Kuala Lumpur Airport on Wednesday (6 August) with 15 hostage they had held in an office building in the Malaysian capital for two days.
The first two hostages were led out of the American International Assurance building with their hands clasped over their heads. Two terrorists walked behind them and than boarded a waiting coach. One of the Japanese Red Army members was a woman. She and her companion were black hoods. Second later, five more hostages were marched out, and -- a minute later -- a third group of four hostages. The hostages included U.S. Consul Robert Stebbins and Swedish Charge D'Affaires Fredrik Bergenstrahle. The U.S. and Swedish Consulates are situated in the A.I.A. building.
The gunmen released 38 other hostages they were holding.
The terrorists went the 15 remaining hostages to Kuala Lumpur Airport where they boarded a Japanese airliner waiting to fly them from Malaysia to Libya. Also at the airport were five other rod Army guerillas who were freed from jails in Japan at the demand of the gunmen in Kuala Lumpur. For a time, there was no word at the airport of any Arab country agreeing to take the Red Army members.
But American officials in Malaysia later disclosed that Libya had agreed to accept the terrorists. They said the Malaysian Government had been in touch with the Libyan Minister of Social Welfare in Tripoli, and that an accord had been reached.
Later in the day, Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, said the Japanese on the 'plane had said they would release their hostage before the 'plane left.
The gunmen would instead be accompanied by two Japanese and two Malaysian officials aboard the 'plane, plus nine crew members.