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Wednesday, November 18, 1998 Published at 12:34 GMT

World: Americas

Academics seek Jonestown Massacre documents

A group of university academics is expected to call on the United States government today to release documents about the mass suicide of over nine hundred members of a religious sect in Guyana exactly twenty years ago.

The tragedy took place at Jonestown, a community established by Jim Jones, to accomodate members of his People's Temple sect.

Most of the people who died were United States citizens.

Three hundred of the victims were children.

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