Japanese Red Army extremists flow out of Kuala Lumpur yesterday (Thursday) bound for Libya after a four-day drama.
GUERILLAS BOARD PLANE: ONLOOKERS: PROVISIONS ABOARD PLANE: GUERILLAS OFF WITH EXPLOSIVES AND DETONATION: SWEDISH CHARGE D'AFFAIRES AFTER RELEASE: PLANE TAKES OFF.
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Background: Japanese Red Army extremists flow out of Kuala Lumpur yesterday (Thursday) bound for Libya after a four-day drama. The five guerillas - four men and a woman - released 15 hostages before taking off in a special Japan Airlines plane.
With them on the plane were a crew of nine and two Japanese and two Malaysian government officials, acting as hostages, and five Red Army colleagues freed from Japanese jails at the guerilla's demand.
Before taking off, one of the last acts by the guerillas was to remove explosives from the plane and detonate them on the far side of Kuala Lumpur's Subang Airport.
When the guerillas seized the American Consulate, they also seized the Swedish Charge D-Affaires, Mr. Fredrik Bergenstrahle. He told reporters after his release:
"These people are tough and one can never know what they will do."
Hundreds of sightseers at the airport swarmed to watch the aircraft take off for Colombo for a re-refuelling stop then on to Libya where the guerillas surrendered peacefully releasing their hostages unharmed.