Hijacking Ends Peacefully in India

Reuters

A man who hijacked an Indian Airlines jetliner Saturday surrendered and freed all 205 aboard.

The hijacker, who identified himself as Hari Singh, a 37-year-old Hindu, said he was protesting Hindu-Muslim violence that has killed 2,000 Indians since December and corrupt politics.

The 192 passengers and 13 crew members, including six Americans and nine other foreigners, left the Airbus A300 unharmed.

Singh, who pretended he had explosives strapped to his body, commandeered the domestic flight shortly after takeoff from New Delhi and ordered it to fly to Pakistan.

But Pakistani authorities denied the jetliner permission to land and it landed instead in the northern Indian city of Amritsar.

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