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HIJACKING ENDS IN S. AFRICA WITH 3 INJURIES

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Police ended a three-hour hijacking drama Sunday night when they stormed a Royal Swazi Airline plane that was forced to land at the Johannesburg airport.

At least three people were taken to a hospital, and one was believed to be the hijacker. A doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least one of the patients had suffered gunshot wounds."All of them are alive. The patients are fine. They are stable," the doctor said.

It was not immediately clear whether the unidentified gunman, reportedly armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, surrendered or was overpowered by police. Police at the airport said the hijacking was over but did not give details.

The South African Broadcasting Corp. said the gunman opened fire with the AK-47 while the plane was still in the air.