- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 8, 2003

Police storm plane, rescue hostages

ISTANBUL A man claiming to have a bomb held two flight attendants hostage aboard a plane at Istanbul airport yesterday before police stormed the aircraft and freed them. No one was injured.

The 28-year-old Turkish citizen held candles which he claimed were dynamite sticks as he seized the flight attendants after the Turkish Airlines aircraft from Ankara landed. The passengers had already left the aircraft.

POLAND

U.S. interests section in Baghdad closed

WARSAW Poland has temporarily closed the section of its Baghdad embassy that has represented American interests in Iraq since 1991, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. The U.S. interests section was closed Thursday at Washingtons request.

SAUDI ARABIA

8 held in shootout with intelligence agents

RIYADH Authorities have detained eight Saudi men suspected of involvement in a shootout with intelligence agents last month, a Saudi Interior Ministry official said yesterday.

Police arrested several of the men, while others either surrendered or were handed over to authorities by their families, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The Jan. 24 shootout near a block of apartments in the capital, Riyadh, left one Kuwaiti bystander dead and two Saudi intelligence agents and a civilian wounded.

TURKEY

U.S. peace activist deported on way to Iraq

ISTANBUL Turkey yesterday deported a former U.S. Marine from California who is campaigning against war on Iraq and who tried to enter the country using documents describing him as a "citizen of the world," the environmental group Greenpeace said.

Officials at Istanbul airport refused entry to Ken Nichols, who was a U.S. Marine in the 1991 Persian Gulf war and has helped organize Western volunteers to act as human shields at key sites and in populous areas in Iraq.

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