Today In History: Hostage drama at Pudu Jail

23 October 1986, Kuala Lumpur: Twelve police commandos stormed the Pudu Prison clinic and freed two medical volunteers held hostage by six prisoners, ending a six-day standoff.

The 15-minute operation was accomplished without a shot being fired. The scuffle inside the clinic lasted only one minute.

Director of Internal Security and Public Order, Datuk Zaman Khan Rahim Khan told reporters: “It’s all over… we’ve got a 100 percent success. The hostages are safe and the prisoners captured.”

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