Kurdish ferry hijacker shot dead by Turkish commandos

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A ferry hijacking by a Kurdish militant was foiled yesterday after Turkish army commandos disguised themselves as hostages, infiltrated the boat and killed the hijacker.

Twenty-two people were taken hostage on board the Kartepe after it left the Turkish port of Izmit on Friday. Local police occupied the hijacker with negotiations, while a team of commandos climbed aboard from rubber boats, mingled with the hostages and then shot the suspect dead.

There were no other casualties.