Fri, Jan 04, 2008
Four Palestinians Deported; Leader Serving Three Life
Despite the best efforts of the US
Congress to provide incentives to Pakistan to crack down on
terrorists, on Thursday authorities there freed four Palestinians
convicted in the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi that
killed 22 passengers and crew.
An official who requested anonymity told The Associated Press
the men -- identified as Mohammed Abdul Khalil Hussain, Daud
Mohammed Hafiz, Mohammed Ahmed al-Munawar and Jamal Saeed -- were
released after completing their jail terms, and deported to the
The four stormed the Boeing 747 on September 5, 1986 as it sat
at Karachi airport waiting to fly to Frankfurt, Germany.
Brandishing assault rifles, pistols, grenades and plastic explosive
belts, the hijackers demanded the release of 1,500 Palestinian
prisoners held in Israel and Cyprus.
The standoff ended when Pakistani commandos stormed the plane.
Court records state 22 people were killed, and more than 100
wounded by the hijackers using gunfire and grenades.
Their alleged leader, a Palestinian named Zayd Hassan Abd
Al-Latif Masud Al Safarini, was intercepted by US authorities in
2001, and is serving three consecutive life terms plus 25 years in
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