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Canadian Boy Killed in Cambodian Siege

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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

A Canadian boy was killed after gunmen seized dozens of children at the Siem Reap International School in northwestern Cambodia, before police ended a standoff, the Associated Press said, citing Cambodian officials.

The attackers stormed the school early today, and demanded money, weapons and a vehicle, threatening to kill the children one by one, AP said. They killed the boy, aged 3, when their demands weren't met, before police raided the school, AP said, citing Information Minister Khieu Kanharith.

Four men, at least one of them injured, were taken into custody after the siege, AP said. While 30 hostages were freed during the standoff, the men initially took about 70 people, including three teachers and children from countries including Australia, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.S., AP said.

Kanharith said the men may have carried out the attack to hurt Cambodia's tourist industry, AP reported. The temples of Angkor Wat, near Siem Reap, are a popular tourist destination in Cambodia, where kidnappings for ransom are common.

http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news? pid=10000080&sid=a5YvNHOiUhA0

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

The two Irish children who were in the school are part of my extended family. My Mum rang me today to tell me about it. Need to hear more details when I get home from work.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Terrible stuff!

This just posted on BBC

4. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y

Don't think the gunmen intended to kill the kids. The ransom demands raised by them are pretty small. It is more like some ill-funded anti-government group trying to get some $$.

Also, it appears dubious as now there are conflicting reports that the kid was killed DURING the storm in. So, what CNN is reporting may juz be a cover up from the local police.

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

That's an interesting angle, don_kam

6. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y

Haha,

I am a skeptic when it comes to the success rate of police storming into a hostage situation. Most of the time they end up killing at least 1 hostage....