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April 18, 1988 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
The hijackers of a Kuwaiti jumbo jet agreed Sunday to postpone their departure from Algiers to give Algerian officials more time to negotiate their demands with Kuwait. However, a tape-recorded message from one of the passengers said the 31 hostages on board the Kuwait Airways Boeing 747 would meet with a "black" end unless the Kuwaiti government met the hijackers' demand for the release of 17 Shia Muslim terrorists imprisoned in Kuwait.
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April 17, 1988 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
The armed and hooded hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet, speaking from the front door of the plane, told journalists Saturday that they are asking the Algerian government for fuel so they can take the airliner elsewhere to massacre the 31 hostages aboard. "We are asking our Algerian brothers for fuel," said a hijacker dressed in a blue sweat suit and a light blue hood, "so we can settle our account with Kuwait elsewhere. We don't want to have the massacre in a friendly country."
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February 12, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Kuwait's government revealed Saturday that it had freed two of the 17 convicted terrorists whose liberty has been sought by pro-Iranian extremists holding Western hostages in Lebanon. Interior Minister Salim Sabah said the two men, Abdul-Mohsen Rashash Abbas, 25, and Nasser Matar Dahash, 30, were released "a while ago" after they completed five-year prison terms for their parts in the December, 1983, bombings of the American and French embassies in Kuwait.
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April 15, 1988 | United Press International
Kuwait's crown prince and prime minister, Sheik Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, and sheiks from the ruling Sabah family led hundreds of mourners Thursday at the funerals of two Kuwaitis slain by the hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet. Cabinet ministers, government officials, sobbing relatives and friends of the two dead men took part in the funeral procession.
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April 6, 1988 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
Arab gunmen seeking the release of 17 convicted terrorists imprisoned in Kuwait hijacked a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet Tuesday and forced it to fly to Iran, where they threatened to kill several members of the Kuwaiti royal family who were among the 112 hostage passengers and crew members.
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April 6, 1988
The 17 prisoners in Kuwait whom hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jet are seeking to free are believed to be members of a radical underground Iraqi group called Al Daawa, which has strong ties to Iran. Al Daawa (the Call) is a Muslim fundamentalist group that was barred from political activity in Iraq eight years ago and is now headquartered in Tehran. About 1,000 members of the group, which opposes the Arab Baath Socialist Party regime of Iraq, have been expelled from Iraq. U.S.
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April 19, 1988 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
Speaking in a hoarse and anguished whisper, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family appealed to Kuwait on Monday to meet the demands of the hijackers holding 31 hostages aboard a hijacked jumbo jet at the Algiers airport. The barely intelligible message, delivered by a hostage identified as Fadel al Sabah, a distant relative of the Emir of Kuwait, repeated the hijackers' demand for the release of 17 Shia Muslim terrorists imprisoned in Kuwait.
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April 15, 1988 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
The hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet, in a long day of conflicting moods, freed one of their 32 hostages Thursday but renewed the threat to kill the rest if the government of Kuwait does not release 17 Shia Muslim prisoners from its jails. A doctor, gripping the arm of the freed hostage, led him to a delegation of Kuwaiti officials waiting on the steps of the VIP chalet at the Algiers airport Thursday night.
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April 9, 1988 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
With almost no fuel left and the passengers said to be in such panic that many were vomiting, a hijacked Kuwaiti jumbo jet landed in Cyprus on Friday after the pilot, pleading for mercy at gunpoint, radioed that he was going to be forced to crash into the sea.
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May 8, 1988 | From Reuters
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.
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