Terrorism: A Fusillade During Prayers

In a pair of new skyjackings, terrorists lose one and win another

The red-and-white DC-9 belonging to Garuda Indonesian Airways sat in the cargo area at Bangkok's Don Muang Airport, harshly illuminated by spotlights. Inside, five fanatic Muslim hijackers knelt in the aisle in thankful prayer, convinced that a deal had been struck and that, as they had demanded, some 80 freed "political prisoners" were on their way from Indonesia. But even as they prayed, a 39-man team of Indonesian commandos were clambering up metal ladders onto the wings of the DC-9. At precisely 2:36 a.m. the plane's doors burst...

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