Two Irish children are reportedly among dozens of students being held hostage at an international school in north-western Cambodia today.
An unknown number of men, some of them armed, took around 70 children and three teachers hostage at the Siem Reap facility this morning.
They subsequently released some of the captives and demanded that they be given a small sum of cash, weapons and a van.
The Cambodian authorities said foreign students appeared to be among the hostages and reports this morning said they included at least two Irish children.
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said he did not know who the hostage-takers were, but he suggested they may be members of Cambodian Freedom Fighters, a group that has been fighting the government since 1998.