December 31, 1990 |
A 36-hour hijacking ended peacefully at Annaba in eastern Algeria on Sunday when two armed Algerians freed 52 hostages unharmed and surrendered to police, the state Air Algerie airline said. The two men had commandeered the Boeing 737 on Friday evening, shortly after it left the southern town of Ghardaia on a regular flight to Algiers, and forced it to land at Annaba airport.
May 8, 1988 |
Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead said Saturday he will strongly urge that hijackers of a Kuwaiti jet be brought to justice in a meeting with Algerian officials next week. Whitehead leaves Monday on a trip that includes stops in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and France. The United States criticized the deal last month in which Algeria allowed the hijackers, who killed two hostages, to leave the plane at Algiers.
April 30, 1988 |
A pledge by Kuwait to give "early release" to a handful of Shia Muslim prisoners persuaded the hijackers of a Kuwait Airways Boeing 747 to end their 15-day siege in Algiers on April 20, and free 31 remaining hostages, U.S. officials said Friday. However, the five or six prisoners in question, among 17 imprisoned in Kuwait for bomb attacks on the U.S. and French embassies in 1981, have not been released, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
April 24, 1988 |
The Arab hijackers who held a Kuwait Airways jet for 16 days and killed two of its passengers have been traced to the stronghold of pro-Iranian extremists in Lebanon, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Arab and Western diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the hijackers were believed to have made their getaway in an Algerian air force plane via the Syrian capital of Damascus before dawn Wednesday.
April 22, 1988 |
Hostages freed in Algiers from a hijacked Kuwait Airways jet arrived home Thursday to a tumultuous reception, but the whereabouts of the hijackers remains unclear. Western diplomatic sources said they have evidence that the hijackers had reached Beirut. Officials at Beirut International Airport denied that they landed there. Cheers of joy, white doves and an embrace from the Emir of Kuwait greeted the 29 freed hostages as they came home to a heroes' welcome.
April 21, 1988 |
Events in the hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 422: Tuesday, April 5--The Boeing 747 with 112 people aboard, including three members of the Kuwaiti royal family, is hijacked by Arabic-speaking gunmen on a flight to Kuwait from Bangkok, Thailand, and diverted to Mashhad in northeastern Iran. The hijackers demand freedom for 17 pro-Iranian extremists jailed in Kuwait for the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies. They threaten to blow up the plane if the demand is not met.