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Hijacked Saudi plane returns safely to Riyadh

The Ministry of Defense and Aviation has announced that the Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) Boeing 777-200 that was hijacked on Saturday while on Flight 115 from Jeddah to London with 95 passengers and 17 crew, is now safely back in Riyadh. All aboard are in good health, and will continue their journey as scheduled. At a press conference yesterday evening, Minister of Interior Prince Nayef named First Lieutenant Faisal Naji Hamoud Al-Bilawi (26) and First Lieutenant Ayesh Ali Hussein Al-Fareedi (28) as involved in the hijacking. Pointing out that the Anti-Terrorist Agreement had been signed by all Arab countries including Iraq, Prince Nayef declared that Saudi Arabia is requesting their extradition from Baghdad, where they are being held.