The Kuwait Government has finally agreed to a demand from a guerrilla group holding about twelve hostages in the country's Japanese Embassy.
GV Embassy, guards in foreground
CU & SV Guard on ground and rooftop
GV Embassy Zoom into SV Embassy official looking out of window
SV & CU Troops on ground with guns
MV Guards on rooftop
CU Top of police car
GV & SCU Embassy official at window (2)
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Background: The Kuwait Government has finally agreed to a demand from a guerrilla group holding about twelve hostages in the country's Japanese Embassy.
The Guerrillas said they would start killing hostages at 2.00 a.m. on Friday (8 February) unless the Kuwait Government allowed a Japanese airliner carrying four other guerrillas from Singapore to land.
The four -- two Arabs and two Japanese -- had made an unsuccessful attempt to blow up an oil refinery in Singapore. The Singapore Government agreed to fly them out. But until the Japanese Embassy in Kuwait had been occupied, no government would give them permission to land.
The Kuwait Government at first refused the request. But changed its mind on Thursday (7 February) night. The Japanese Airlines plane then left Singapore with the guerrillas. It seemed unlikely to arrive before the ceadline, but a senior Kuwait Government official said there was now no deadline and no problem.
The Kuwait guerrillas let three Arab girl staff leave the Japanese embassy during Thursday and na office boy managed to slip out.
Both guerrilla groups claim to belong to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and to the Japanese Red Army. A joint statement issued by those organisations in Damascus said the embassy attack was carried out by the "Ghassan Kanafani" Unit.