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Washington, DC Hostages #250808

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 10, 1977
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(Studio) Siege in 3 Washington, DC bldgs. by members of Muslim sect conts.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on situation at present as gunmen of Hanafi Muslim sect continue to hold hostages in Islamic Center, District Building and B'nai B'rith headquarters Among others coming for look at situation is Shirley Temple Black. Police joined in negotiations by ambs. from Egypt, Pakistan and Iran. Negotiations are with Hanafi leader Hamaas Abdul Khaalis. At Hanafi headquarters in DC, Khaalis' son-in-law Abdul Aziz says Khaalis prepared to carry out threats. [AZIZ - says Khaalis will do what he's said he will, and has always kept word.] 2 demands have been met: (1) cancellations of movie "Mohammad, Messenger of God" (2) cancellation of contempt of court fine against Khaalis. 3rd demand is for those convicted of 1973 slaying of several Hanafi mbrs., and now in Pennsylvania prison, be brought to him along with boxer Muhammad Ali and Black Muslim leader Wallace Muhammad, who is in DC, but, spokesperson says, leaves it up to others to decide if he should be involved. [Attorney Saad EL-AMIN - says they're trying to get with police in charge of operations in order to assist.] Extra protection for some black and Jewish Congmen. is part of incrd. security in DC.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Khaalis born Ernest Timothy McGhee, is graduate of CCNY, has worked as social worker, pro drummer and street cleaner.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Serafin, Barry

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