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Indian Delegation Arrives in Afghanistan to Negotiate End to Hijacking Standoff

HeadlineDec 27, 1999

As an Indian delegation arrives in Afghanistan to try to negotiate an end to a hijacking standoff, Afghan officials say they are losing patience. An official with the ruling Taliban militia says that if Indian negotiators can’t reach an agreement with the hijackers, his government will use force to make the plane leave. Some 160 people on the plane have been held since Friday. India agreed to send the negotiation team earlier today after the hijackers threatened to begin killing passengers. The Taliban officials say they were prepared to storm the plane had the hijackers made good on their threat.

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