TDISH: Terror In Malaysia

On this date in 1975, fifty-three people were taken hostage in the American Insurance Association (AIA) Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Their captors were five members of the terrorist group the Japanese Red Army who was looking to overthrown the Japanese government and to contribute to a worldwide Communist revolution.  Among the captives were the United States consul and a Swedish diplomat.  American hostage negotiators sprung into action, but were hampered by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s regular reminders that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.  However, it soon became clear that the JRA were not asking anything of the U.S., but rather of Japan at which point Japanese negotiators took over.  Japanese negotiators agreed to release several prisoners being held for previous acts of terrorism in exchange for the JRA ending the stand-off.  The five JRA fighters demanded and receiving a plane to Libya on which they took several hostages and released them upon arrived safely in the country controlled by Muammar Gaddafi.  It’s amazing how acts of terrorism were handled during the 70s!

Featured Image: “AIA Building.”
Source: “Terror on the 9th Floor: The Kuala Lumpur Hostage Crisis.” Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

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