• Short Summary

    In Pakistan, the charred body of a second American was found on Thursday (22 November) as staff sifted through rubble following the attack on the United States embassy in Islamabad.

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    In Pakistan, the charred body of a second American was found on Thursday (22 November) as staff sifted through rubble following the attack on the United States embassy in Islamabad. The body -- burnt beyond recognition--was found in the debris of an apartment belonging to army warrant officer, Brian Ellis, in the embassy compound. Doctors are still working on a positive identification.

    SYNOPSIS: About twenty thousand protestors -- roused over what they believed was American involvement in the attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca -- stormed the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday (21 November). A marine guard was shot dead on the roof of the building.

    The embassy staff -- some eighty Americans -- fled to the building's vault, where they hoped to hold out against the attackers. But the angry mob set fire to the building and cars in the embassy compound. The fire spread rapidly and soon the floor of the security vault showed signs of collapsing.

    Pakistani army helicopters eventually rescued the trapped Americans from the embassy roof.

    A few miles away in Rawalpindi students also protesting against the seizure of the Grand Mosque, set fire to the U.S. Cultural Centre, but Staff and visitors were evacuated before the demonstrators set the building alight.

    The attacks followed radio reports alleging the United States and Israel had planned the seizure of the Grand Mosque. Demonstrators in Rawalpindi carried pictures of the Moslem holy places of Saudi Arabia and shouted slogans condemning 'Zionism'.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1SZU34CYWNUO5D289ZX8R7204
    Media URN:
    VLVA1SZU34CYWNUO5D289ZX8R7204
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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