Friday, February 16, 2007

Hijack plot foiled

A source close to the Mauritanian presidency told Reuters when the aircraft touched down, the pilot slammed on the brakes.

"When the pilot landed, he deliberately braked very hard," the unnamed source said. "The man fell to the ground and was jumped on by passengers. He fired two bullets but there are no serious injuries."

"When we landed at Las Palmas ... we entered (the cockpit) and hit him and knocked him down," a passenger told CNN+.

I'm sure this dude was just mad that the US isn't doing enough to prevent Global Warming.

Or maybe not:

A definitive motive for the hijacking isn't known... but there are theories. The hijacking occurred the same day a Spainish trial began for 29 people suspected for the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Reuters also reports in recent days, al Qaeda sent an audio message calling for attacks against Mauritania's rulers.

"I call especially on our people in Mauritania ... to take a sincere Jihadi stand against treacherous rulers who recognised Israel and betrayed the Islamic nation," al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahr said on the tape, released to Arab media.

It's good to hear that nobody was hurt.

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