Iran has thanked Britain for efficiency in ending the six-day occupation of the Iranian Embassy in London.
GV Ambulances arriving at St. Stephen's Hospital, London carrying released hostages.
SV Hostages alighting from ambulance, stretcher carried inside. (3 SHOTS)
SV Gunman out of ambulance and escorted inside.
GV Ambulance along road, turns through hospital gates.
GVs & SVs Fire-gutted Iranian Embassy TILT UP Embassy facade (6 SHOTS)
GV Police on guard outside Embassy.
INTERIOR SCU Policeman Trevor Lock and wife inside police station.
GV Iranian Foreign Secretary Sadeq Qotbzadeh arriving in car, alights and up steps into building in Teheran.
SCU Qotbzaheh speaking in English.
FERGUSON: "The ambulances began arriving at the hospital within half an hour of the explosions at the Embassy.
"Most of the victims didn't seem to have serious injuries, but many were tired and drawn. Five people were brought out on stretchers, and it was impossible to see what condition they were in, and to tell whether they were gunmen on hostages. By far the most cheerful of the was the BBC's Sim Harris.
"Among the casualties was one of the gunmen, wounded during the end of the siege. Another gunman is in police custody."
AIDIE: "Blackened and gutted, with the roof and several floors fallen through, the Embassy is a place of charred debris. The fire which began after the two explosions, smouldered until the early hours. Inside the building are the bodies of three of the gunmen, who died when the SAS stormed the Embassy. There's also another body - one of the hostages shot by the gunmen yesterday. He was a member of the Embassy staff, probably the first to be killed. And the police head the three shots early in the afternoon while they were still negotiating. The building in Princess Gate is now being minutely examined. And there's still a heavy guard of police keeping it isolated."
QOTBZADEH: "Well, I feel mixed feelings, obviously. Feeling all right in terms that the whole thing is over, and the fact than I'm extremely sad about the two deaths that have been toll of this actions. And, I also feel sorry for those terrorist who have given their lives for the sake of the conspiracies of the Iraqi government."
REPORTER: CLIVE FERGUSON AND KATE AIDIE
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Background: Iran has thanked Britain for efficiency in ending the six-day occupation of the Iranian Embassy in London. President Abolhassan Basi-Sadr Cabled Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher a message that described the outcome as a victory. His Foreign Minister, Mr. Sadeq Qotbzadeh, also commended the British people for their handling of the crisis. A British command unit stormed the Iranian Embassy on Monday evening (5 May) and freed the remaining nineteen hostages, two of whom were severely injured in crossfire. Four of the gunmen were killed, and one was taken prisoner. BBC reporters Clive Ferguson and Kate Aidie report on the aftermath of the siege.
SYNOPSIS: Police Constable Trevor Lock, overpowered by the gunmen and bundled inside the Embassy last Wednesday (30 April), played an active role during the siege in negotiations with the gunmen.
In Teheran, Mr. Qotbzadeh arrives at his office to make a statement about the commando operation. From the outset, Iran had said the responsibility for resolving the crisis rested with Britain. The Iranian authorities felt that their citizens among the hostages, if killed or hurt, would be martyrs to their revolution.