Nine guerrillas are safe and free in the People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen (Aden) after being flown there by a special Japanese jet.
Nine guerrillas are safe and free in the People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen (Aden) after being flown there by a special Japanese jet. Five of the guerrillas held hostages in the Japanese embassy in Kuwait since Wednesday (February 6) while the other four held hostages on a ferry boat in Singapore. The guerrillas claimed to be form both the Japanese Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Also aboard the Japanese 'plane were two foreign ministry officials led by Mr. Tanaka, the Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, and fourteen Japan Airlines officials and crewmen. Mr. Tanaka held an informal press conference for a small group of reporters at a guest house supplied to the Japanese by the government of South Yemen, after the flight was over.
The five guerrillas in Kuwait seized the embassy to demand that four other guerrillas, holed-up in a ferry in Singapore be flown to them. The four men had seized three hostages and taken refuse in the ferry after an abortive attempt to blow up an offshore Shell Oil installation.
After extensive negotiations with Kuwait and Japanese government officials, the Singapore guerrillas were flown to Kuwait and those holding the Japanese embassy freed Ambassador Ryoko Ishikawa and eleven other hostages.
All of the guerrillas flew to South Yemen where they were given their freedom. The Japanese officials and crew stayed in South Yemen overnight before flying home.