• Short Summary

    British police stormed the Indian High Commission on Tuesday (20 Feb.) and shot dead two masked intruders who were holding staff hostage.

  • Description

    British police stormed the Indian High Commission on Tuesday (20 Feb.) and shot dead two masked intruders who were holding staff hostage.

    The men were shot down after threatening police with imitation firearms. A third intruder armed with a sword was captured after a struggle.

    The three were described as Asian looking but it was not immediately known if they were Indian or Pakistani. Their motive was not clear although police assumed it was probably political.

    The drama began shortly after the morning peak hour rush in London. According to an Indian High Commission spokesman the three masked men burst in and began beating commission employees. He said that they then tied several of the staff up.

    Unlike most British police, who can only draw arms in an emergency, the SPG men were already carrying guns because their duties include protection of Foreign Embassies against attacks.

    Home Secretary Mr. Robert Carr told the House of Commons on Tuesday evening that on entering India House two special patrol officers were threatened by a man with what looked like a gun. Mr. Carr said: "The police took cover, drew their weapons and warned the intruder that they were armed. This had no effect and when the intruder moved across the room one of the officers shot and killed him."
    The Home Secretary added that then the policemen met another man aiming what looked like a gun at them. He was also shot and subsequently died.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEB4ECAEOVG8F1F36QJSNGMCDK
    Media URN:
    VLVAEB4ECAEOVG8F1F36QJSNGMCDK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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