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Washington, DC / Hostages #493023

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 09, 1977
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(Studio) Details with regard to seizure of Islamic Center, B'nai B'rith headquarters and District Building in Washington, DC by gunmen believed to be members of Black Muslim Hanafi sect.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Report on situation at headquarters of B'nai B'rith, Jewish service organization Police have talked to gunmen.
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee

(DC) Report on situation at Islamic Center. NBC radio reporter reached 1 gunman by phone. [TERRORIST - they're Hanafi sect mbrs., gives address; no one's been injured and there are no demands.] Since conversation, demands have been made, but not publicized. Officials believe events at B'nai B'rith building could determine events here.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(DC) Report on situation at District Building 1 of gunmen tells NBC News on phone that he's number 3. Gunfire has occurred; 1 cnclman., Marion Barry, injured along with 2 others; 1 man killed. [DC police information officer Charles COLLINS - describes apparent events on take-over of building]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Studio) As far as known, groups have 2 complaints: (1) that Black Muslims convicted of mass murders of Hanafi members in 1973 be taken from prison and delivered to them; (2) are angry with regard to movie "Mohammad, Messenger of God."
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Details with regard to mass murders of Hanafi members in 1973 in Washington, DC by Black Muslims from Philadelphia noted. Today Hanafi Muslim accuses Black Muslims of taking money and philosophy from Zionists. Reporter spoke to Abdul Aziz by telephone and asked him if he was aware movie with regard to Mohammad had been closed. [Abdul AZIZ - is aware of it, but must have guarantee from whole world it will never be shown or people will die and it's no charade; says he's like man in Indianapolis who wanted guarantee.] Aziz doesn't directly confirm 3 groups in Washington, DC are members of sect.

(Studio) Interview with movie's producer and director Moustapha Akkad noted. Producer is Muslim and says Black Muslims who've seen film raved about it, but he'll show it to Hanafis and if they don't like it he'll burn it; denies depiction of prophet Mohammad in film.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Ellerbee, Linda;
Hart, John;
Quinn, Charles;
Simpson, Carole

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