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Belarus detains man in hijacking attempt

MOSCOW (AP) — The Belarusian security service says it has thwarted an attempt to hijack a plane flying in to the capital Minsk from Georgia.

The KGB agency, which takes its name from its Soviet predecessor, said in a statement Tuesday a Georgian national threatened to trigger a bomb on the plane unless the pilots agreed to divert it to an unspecified European destination.

The KGB said the man communicated his demands in a note, but the pilots could land the plane in Minsk as scheduled. The Belarusian officials said they managed to detain the hijacker following an hour-long negotiation.

Neither the passengers nor the crew on the flight, which came from the Georgian city of Kutaisi, were hurt, the KGB said.

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