ARAB-US RELATIONS - Jan. 23 - Yemeni Plane Hijacked.
The Yemenia Boeing 727 carrying the US Ambassador in Sana'a
Barbara Bodine and three other US officials is hijacked and diverted to
Djibouti by a Yemeni national Mohammed Yehia Ali Sattar. The hijacker
intended to fly from Djibouti to Baghdad with Bodine as the only
passenger. But upon landing in Djibouti the crew overpowered the
hijacker allowing all passengers, including Bodine, to disembark safely.
The hijacker was hospitalised due to injuries inflicted by his own gun.
(Because of the hijacking, Bodine missed an appointment with Yemeni
Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh at which the terrorist attack on the destroyer
Cole on Oct. 12, 2000 and increased security co-operation were to be