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Belarus foils attempt to ‘hijack plane to Europe’
 
 
 

MINSK : Belarus said on Tuesday it had arrested a Georgian citizen after he threatened to blow up a passenger jet if it was not diverted from Minsk to a destination in Europe. “A passenger on board sent a note to the captain of the aircraft threatening to blow up the airliner and demanding to change course for a European country,” Belarus’ security agency, which is still known by its Soviet acronym KGB, said in a statement. The pilot managed to land the plane, which was carrying 32 passengers and four crew members, at its intended destination, the Belarussian capital Minsk, the KGB said.
The flight originated in the Georgian city of Kutaisi.
The plane was then boarded by anti-terrorism agents who entered into talks with the alleged would-be hijacker.

 
 
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