The drama began with reports that three gunmen had walked into the Iraqi Embassy in Paris asking for the Military Attache.
The drama began with reports that three gunmen had walked into the Iraqi Embassy in Paris asking for the Military Attache. They were then reported to have produced sub-machine guns and opened fire indiscriminately.
SYNOPSIS: The full range of French police authorities were on the scene in minutes surrounding the Embassy, in a narrow street - the Rue de la Faisanderie - which is also where French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, has a private residence.
Subsequently it was established that there were two gunmen - one of whom fled when he encountered resistance dropping his sub-machine gun. The other rounded up three men and six women as hostages, after hurling a grenade and firing his sub-machine gun.
The lone remaining gunmen in the Embassy had been in contact with Arab sources and was reported to have demanded a plane to take him to London to pick up a girl arrested after a grenade was tossed under the Iraqi Ambassador's car last week.
The gunman was persuaded to surrender but as he was being escorted to a police car, Iraqi security Personnel at the Embassy opened fire killing a policeman. Police returned the fire and one Iraqi security man was killed. The gunman was seriously wounded and two other police were hurt. Two Iraqi security personnel were arrested by police.
One report said the gunman claimed to be the brother of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation European representative Said Hammani, who was assassinate in London last January, by gunmen who shot his dead in his office.
It was only last Wednesday (26 July) that Britain expelled 11 Iraqi personnel attached to the Iraqi Embassy for alleged terrorist activities. Iraq retaliated by expelling 10 Britons from Baghdad.