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.