HIJACKING REACHED CLIMAX ON THIS DAY

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On October 10, 1985, the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille
Lauro
reached a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercepted an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian
hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily. American and Italian troops surrounded the plane,
and the terrorists were taken into Italian custody.


On October 7, four heavily armed Palestinian terrorists hijacked
the Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of
Alexandria, Egypt. Some 320 crewmembers and 80 passengers,
including 11 Americans, were taken hostage. 

Identifying themselves as members of the Palestine Liberation
Front, a Palestinian splinter group–the gunmen demanded the
release of 50 Palestinian militants imprisoned in Israel. If their
demands were not met, they threatened to blow up the ship and
kill all the Americans and British passengers on board.



The Achille Lauro cruise ship leaves Egypt’s Port Said harbor after being released from terrorist hijackers.

posted by Bob Karm in ANNIVERSARY,Cruise ship,Hijacking,HISTORY,Hostage crisis and have No Comments

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