INTRODUCTION: France has refused political asylum to the four pro-Armenian gunmen who seized 51 hostages at the Turkish culture centre in paris on Thursday (24 September).
SV PAN DOWN FROM Hostage in embassy window TO police in road. (2 SHOTS)
SV Police cars escort police van away. (3 SHOTS)
SV Crowd chant outside embassy.
SV Released hostages file out of building and into bus. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PAN Police officer in charge of operation walks away.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: France has refused political asylum to the four pro-Armenian gunmen who seized 51 hostages at the Turkish culture centre in paris on Thursday (24 September). A security guard was killed in the attack and the Turkish vice-consul was seriously wounded. The gunmen demand the release of Armenian prisoners in Turkish jails.
SYNOPSIS: The 15 hour ordeal for the hostages ended in the early hours of Friday morning (25 September) when the terrorists surrendered to police. this was after two deadlines had passed in which they had threatened to kill the hostages and blow up the building. During the siege, hostages were used to pass messages to police.
One of the gunmen was wounded during the storming of the building and gave himself up. The Turkish vice-consul Kaya Inal, who had a serious chest wound, was released, along with a four-year-old girl. Several people managed to escape from a first-floor window and reach the safety of the police cordon in the street. France's special Criminal Brigade which specialises in hostage situations joined police sharpshooters and gendarmes in bullet proof vests to surround the embassy. Police also had to contend with noisy onlookers.
Initially the hostage were tied up and forced to lie on the floor. Their release came after hours of negotiations described by senior police as a psychological struggle. They said it was like trying to talk with drug addicts as the gunmen went from periods of calm when they could be reasoned with -- to periods of hysterical excitement. it was during this time police feared for the hostages' safety.
The safe release of those seized was a victory for the man in charge of police operations, Robert Brousseau - head of the French anti-terrorist squad.