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UPDATED: 14:18, June 16, 2005
Some 30 hostages released by armed men in Cambodia
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Some 30 students were released by hostage-takers, and about 40 are still held by six masked men, Cambodian government spokesman told Xinhua Thursday.

Six masked men took about 70 students at a school as hostage at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at a private-run international school in Cambodia's northwestern province of Siem Reap.

"They demanded eight AK-47 assault rifles, two B-40 rockets and a car with 12 seats," Khieu Kanharith said, adding that the police were still uncertain of the hostage-takers' identities.

Khieu Kanharith, who is also Minister of Information, said the area around the school has been sealed off by the police, and negotiations for those students' release are underway.

Siem Reap, located more than 300 km northwestern of capital Phnom Penh, is home to world famous Angkor temples.

Source: Xinhua


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