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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2007, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Turkish hijacker gives himself up
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A hijacker who seized a Turkish plane on an internal flight has given himself up to the authorities.

The aircraft, with 178 people on board, was forced to land in Ankara after the pilot issued a distress signal indicating it had been hijacked.

No-one was hurt. The jet had been going to Istanbul from the mainly Kurdish south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.

The Turkish hijacker had claimed to have explosives on board. The motives for the hijack are not yet clear.

There was loud applause among passengers when they heard that the hijacker had given himself up, says the BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Ankara.

Some reports suggested he wanted to be taken to Iran.

The hijacker was named as Mehmet Goksin Gol by the Anatolia news agency.






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