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Hijacker seized in Geneva; all on Air France jet safe

Swiss police posing as airport caterers overpowered the knife-wielding hijacker of an Air France Boeing 737 Wednesday and freed the 61 passengers and crew unharmed.

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The hijacker, believed by Swiss security officials to be of Arab origin and apparently armed only with a knife, took over the aircraft during an early-morning flight from Frankfurt, West Germany, to Paris.

The man, claiming to have explosives in a backpack, forced the pilot to land at Geneva's Cointrin Airport, where he demanded the plane be refueled and flown to Libya.

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