1975: KL Under Siege tells how the revolutionary group won the release of 5 JRA prisoners and were given a plane to Libya.
On August 5, 1975 over 50 people from the US and Swedish embassies of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were taken hostage by members of the Japanese Red Army (JRA) – a revolutionary group aimed at overthrowing the Japanese Government. Hostages were held for three days as the JRA demanded Japan’s release of fellow members from prison. In a carefully maneuvered negotiation and a dramatic end to the standoff, the gunmen won the release of five JRA prisoners and were given a plane to fly them to Libya. No lives were lost in the incident.