German police say hijack of Moscow flight foiled

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German police said they foiled what they believe to be a planned hijack of a Moscow-bound flight before take-off on Wednesday and detained two suspects in Berlin.

Authorities said in a statement that a witness alerted federal police in the early afternoon after overhearing suspicious remarks by two men speaking Russian while they were waiting to check in at Berlin's Tegel airport.

"In the conversation, the impression was created that a hijacking of the flight to Moscow was planned," the statement said.

The Air Berlin flight was then evacuated and the 135 passengers on board interviewed by police. The two men, aged 26 and 49, were detained for questioning.

Authorities said the aircraft was still being searched by state police officers.

Hours later, the remaining passengers were later able to board another flight to Moscow.

© 2010 AFP

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