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Jordanian gets 160 years for botched 1986 hijacking in Pakistan

A Jordanian hijacker has been sentenced to 160 years in prison for an attempt to divert a Pan Am plane in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1986, the US Justice Department announced. Nineteen people were killed during the botched attempt led by Zaid Hassan Abd Latif Safarini, who has admitted his responsibility for the raid. The incident unfolded on September 5, 1986, when Safarini and three accomplices took control of the plane at a stop in Karachi on its way from Bombay to New York. The pilot and flight engineer managed to escape through a cockpit window, thus making takeoff impossible. The hijackers demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Cyprus, but opened fire after Pakistani authorities refused to accede to their demands. Those killed included two Americans. Seventy-two other people were injured. Full Story

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