Terrorism Wanted for Murder and Air Piracy

Frankfurt police arrest a suspect in the 1985 TWA hijacking

The world watched appalled for 17 days in June 1985 as the fate of passengers aboard hijacked TWA Flight 847 was decided. Two Muslim terrorists commandeered the aircraft between Athens and Rome and forced it to land in Beirut. There they singled out Robert Stethem, a 23-year-old Navy diver, tied his hands, beat him brutally and then shot him to death. Over the next two weeks the masked hijackers, reinforced by fellow terrorists, threatened to blow up the aircraft, while they gradually released all but 39 of the original 153 passengers. The remaining captives were set free after Syrian President Hafez...

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