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Afghanistan: ICRC repatriates 10 passengers of hijacked plane

10-02-2000 News Release 00/04

On 7 February ICRC delegates brought back to Afghanistan 10 passengers of a hijacked Ariana plane who had been freed in Uzbekistan the day before. The hijackers who seized the Afghan jet then diverted it to London.

The passengers – five men, four women and a child – were met by the delegates at the border between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan and were driven to Mazar-i-Sharif, where they were handed over to the local authorities.

At the request of the Afghan ambassador in Moscow, the ICRC regional delegation there arranged for a medical check-up to be given on 8 February to four Afghan passengers who had been allowed to leave the plane in the Russian capital.