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May 5, 2015

In London the Iranian embassy siege ended on May 5th 1980. British special forces, the SAS, stormed and retook the Iranian embassy in Knightsbridge in front of the world's media. The assault started at 19:23 hours on May 5, 1980 (a Bank Holiday Monday) at the rear of the building with the detonation of a charge in a stair well, twenty-three minutes after the dead hostage had been thrown from the building. This was the signal for a section to abseil down from the roof and enter via the top floor windows. Simultaneously, electrical power was cut to the building. By the end of tha assault five of the six terrorists were dead and 19 hostages were safe. Read more

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