• Short Summary

    Police in Japan have tightened security at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Friday (1 February) after four armed guerillas tried to blow up storage tanks at a Singapore oil refinery on Thursday (31 January).

  • Description

    Police in Japan have tightened security at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Friday (1 February) after four armed guerillas tried to blow up storage tanks at a Singapore oil refinery on Thursday (31 January).

    The four guerillas, still drifting in Singapore habour with three hostages on a ferry-boat which they hijacked after the attack, have been promised safe conduct out on Singapore. Definite plans to fly them out of Singapore, however, have yet to be finalised.

    Two of the four men are believed to be members of the Japanese Red Army.

    The Red Army is Japan's most extreme student group. It has been involved in the shooting deaths of several policemen, the torture-slayings of fellow faction members, and at least two hijacking.

    Police at Kaneda Airport have been chocking licenses and other identification papers of everyone going to and from the country's largest airport. Passengers luggage have been chocked closely for weapons and explosives.

    Police in Japan fear any possible reprisals form the Red Army if negotistione for the safe conduct of the guerillas out of Singapore fails.

    The Red Army, which has an estimated size of 300 underground members, was founded in Kyoto, Contral Japan, 1969. It first gained notoriety in 1970 when nino youths, brandishing pistcls and swords, hijacked a Japan Air Lines jet to North Korea.

    SYNOPSIS: A massive security alert in Japan has been issued from the National Police headquarters in Tokyo, after two-members of the Japanese Red Army have been linked to the Shell oil refinery attack in Singapore on Thursday. The alert is to prevent any possible reprisals form the Red Army if negotiations for the safe conduct of the guerillas out of Singapore falls.

    At Tokyo's Airport, police have been checking identification papers of everyone going to and from the airport.

    The red Army is Japan's most extreme student group. It has been involved in the shooting deaths of several policemen, the torture slayings of fellow faction members, and at least two air-hijackings. One of the hijackers who blew up the Japan Air Lines jumbo jet in Benghazi, Libya.

    The Red Army, which has an estimated size of 300 underground members, was founded in Kyoto, Central Japan, in 1969. The sect has not been known for openly selling its brand of Marxism-Leninism, preferring instead to build a following through "military acts".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1BJ2L4NK3CW00SEBBAXVOLX95
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BJ2L4NK3CW00SEBBAXVOLX95
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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