Masked men take Cambodia students hostage

Six masked men took 70 students and three teachers hostage at an international school in north-western Cambodia today.

Six masked men took 70 students and three teachers hostage at an international school in north-western Cambodia today.

They later released some of their captives.

The hostage-takers, some of them armed, entered the Siem Reap International School around 9.30am local time and demanded $1,000 (€827.70), six AK-47 assault rifles, six shotguns, hand grenades and at least one car, said Prak Chanthoeun, a deputy military police commander.

He said authorities were communicating with the hostage-takers by mobile phone and that some of the men “were armed with shotguns”, adding that three teachers were also taken hostage.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said the men had freed some of the hostages from the school in Siem Reap province, but were still holding about 40 people.

He added that the men had also demanded a 12-seat van from authorities.

Ou Em, a senior policeman in Siem Reap, said foreign students also appeared to be among the hostages.

Further details about the incident were not immediately available.

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