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Hijackers force jet to land in Libya

August 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Hijackers in Sudan's Darfur region seized a jetliner carrying nearly 100 people, including Darfur officials, and forced it to land at a World War II-era airfield in the Sahara in neighboring Libya, officials said.

A Libyan official at the remote Kufra airport said the 10 hijackers belonging to a Darfur rebel group were demanding enough fuel for the Boeing 737 to continue to France.

The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement quickly denied any link to the hijacking.

The flight was commandeered soon after taking off from Nyala for Khartoum, the national capital, said Yusuf Ibrahim, director of Khartoum's airport.

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