Five left-wing gunmen were captured in Western Japan on Monday (28 February) after a bloody 10-day siege in which two policemen died, and eight others were injured.
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Background: Five left-wing gunmen were captured in Western Japan on Monday (28 February) after a bloody 10-day siege in which two policemen died, and eight others were injured.
The armed revolutionaries kept 1,500 policemen at bay for a record 218 hours with accurate gunfire and home-made bombs, before being overpowered on Monday night in a teargas-filled villa in the town of Karuizawa. A 31-year-old housewife held hostage was freed unharmed.
The arrest of the five gunmen is believed by police to have broken the leadership of one of Japan's most extreme radical factions. Thirteen members of the group -- known as "The Unified Red Army" -- are on the police wanted list are still at large, and officials fear more fanatical resistance if they are cornered.