Hostage-takers arrested as child dies

One child was killed today during a stand-off with hostage-takers at an international school in north-western Cambodia before authorities freed dozens of other hostages and arrested the gunmen.

One child was killed today during a stand-off with hostage-takers at an international school in north-western Cambodia before authorities freed dozens of other hostages and arrested the gunmen.

Four masked gunmen stormed the Siem Reap International School, seizing dozens of young children from several countries and demanding money, weapons and a vehicle before police ended the stand-off, with witnesses reporting shots fired.

One child, whose name and nationality were not immediately available, was killed before the stand-off ended, said Deputy Military Police Commander Prak Chanthoeum. He said the child was of European descent, but had no other details.

“Four hostage-takers have been arrested. There are only four of them,” he said. Police earlier said there were six attackers.

The hostage crisis unfolded at Cambodia’s tourism hub of Siem Reap, near its famed Angkor temples and home to many expatriates, and quickly drew concern from governments around the region amid reports of up to 15 nationalities among the hostages, including Irish, Japanese, Australian and American.

The attackers’ motives were not immediately clear.

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