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May 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Nine men who hijacked an airplane to Britain six years ago to flee Afghanistan's then-ruling Taliban should be granted refugee status, a British judge ruled. The British government argued that hijackers should never be rewarded and said it might appeal. The men were jailed in Britain for the bloodless hijacking of an Afghan Boeing 727 in February 2000. They said they were members of an anti-Taliban group and feared for their lives.
April 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Lebanese gunman demanding the release of a Sept. 11 suspect in U.S. custody hijacked a bus in Bremen, Germany, taking 16 hostages and leading police on a highway chase. No one was injured in the ordeal, which ended when police stormed the bus and captured the 17-year-old hijacker, who had a pistol that fires blanks and claimed to have explosives, police said. The hijacker demanded the release of four prisoners, including Ramzi Binalshibh, one of the Hamburg-based Sept.
December 22, 1992 | AARON CURTISS
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were searching Monday for two men who hijacked a large truck at gunpoint in Santa Clarita and stole $25,000 worth of furniture before leaving the driver bound and blindfolded in the truck's sleeping compartment. Truck driver Cesar Guzman, 23, of Huntington Park was parked at the Weldon Summit truck stop on the Golden State Freeway about 9 p.m. Sunday when two men opened the doors of the cab and pointed guns at him, Sgt. Michael Watner said.
August 5, 1988 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
A man hijacked an RTD bus and led police on a 20-minute chase through the Mid-City area, smashing into five cars, a fire hydrant and finally a house before escaping on foot through police gunfire, officials reported Thursday. Investigators said the bus was parked in a layover zone at Western and Franklin avenues about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man, who was the only passenger on board, produced a knife and ordered the driver, Grace Jones, to start driving.
March 9, 1988 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Daisy Sorek figured that her husband and three children would go through her handbag after she died. So that's where she put her note. "To Yafit (age 3), Tzvika (her husband), Moshe (17), Itai (12) and Grandma: I love you," the note read. "Three bastard terrorists have killed us," she continued. "Please take care of yourselves. I love you. Our government works slowly. They don't understand what and how to do things, and nobody cares, and that's too bad."
June 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Greyhound bus was hijacked near Westwater by a man with a knife who was captured just west of the Colorado state line, the Utah Highway Patrol said. Fifty-eight passengers were let out after the man took control of the bus on Interstate 70, patrol spokesman Chris Kramer said. The bus driver remained on board, but later escaped and was slightly injured when he jumped out after slowing the bus to about 10 m.p.h., Kramer said.
March 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Police arrested a mother and daughter who headed a ring that hijacked merchandise trucks, the newspaper El Universal reported Monday. Martha Alcantara de Vergara, 43, and her daughter Lourdes, 24, were arrested Saturday when police, acting on a tip, surprised gang members unloading a hijacked truck full of soft drinks at a warehouse, the newspaper said. When asked by police why she turned to robbery, the mother said she couldn't find a job because of Mexico's economic crisis, it added.
September 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
School bus hijackers shot a mentally handicapped girl because they thought she took too long to leave the vehicle, and she died in a Cape Town hospital, police said. Monique Valentine, 16, was with eight other pupils of Oasis special school in Delft, near Cape Town, when three armed men stopped their bus and ordered the children out. She was shot three times by the hijackers, who escaped with the bus, police said.
May 24, 1991
Two gunmen hijacked an electronics company delivery truck full of television sets Thursday and briefly held the two employees in the truck captive, police said. The two JVC Corp. employees called police from Katella Avenue and Los Alamitos Boulevard to report they had been released by two men who stole their truck, Police Sgt. Ron Dickson said. The delivery men told police they were pulling into JVC Corp. offices at 5665 Corporate Ave. in Cypress at 11:15 a.m.
April 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Cuban firing squad has executed three men who hijacked a ferry less than two weeks ago, sending a chilling message to anyone else considering commandeering a boat or plane to the United States. The executions Friday followed a series of hijacking attempts, but also coincided with an islandwide crackdown on dissidents. A court had sentenced the men to death after finding them guilty of "very grave acts of terrorism," said a statement read on state television.
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