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Washington, DC Hostages #47619

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 10, 1977
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(Studio) Siege conts. in Washington, DC as members of Hanafi Muslims hold hostages at Islamic Center, District Building and B'nai B'rith headquarters Some hostages released.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Report on situation at B'nai B'rith building; friends and families of hostages stay at Gramercy Hotel next door. Police have ordered them to say nothing.

(DC) Report on situation at District Building
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(DC) Report on situation at Islamic Center.
REPORTER: Joe Templeton

(Studio) Attempts to free hostages have been coordinated by Washington, DC city officials.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) City officials reluctant to talk of efforts because gunmen might pick up reports of plans or statements on air. [DC Mayor Walter WASHINGTON - says plan involves not overreacting.] Is known diplomats from Pakistan, Egypt and Iran as well as FBI and Justice Department officials are at police headquarters [Attorney General Griffin BELL - says city police do negotiating; FBI assisting.] Gunmen have made 3 demands: (1) cancellation of movie "Mohammad, Messenger of God"; (2) group's leader Hamaas Abdul Khaalis be given refund of fine for contempt charge brought for outburst in trial of killers of 7 Hanafi Muslims in Washington, DC in 1973; (3) delivery of 5 convicted in killings, boxer Muhammad Ali and Black Muslim leader Wallace Muhammad to them. 1st 2 demands have been met; last hasn't.

(Studio) Tightened security in rest of city noted, include more protection for black and Jewish Congmen., suggestions to enclose House visitors gallery with bullet proof glass and review of White House Secret Service security precautions.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Hume, Brit;
O'Brien, Tim;
Peterson, Roger;
Templeton, Joe;
Walters, Barbara

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