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Hijacker foiled on Iranian passenger plane

A hijacker on board an Iranian passenger jet fired two shots and ordered the plane to be flown to Iraq, but plainclothes security guards overpowered him and the plane landed safely, news reports said Tuesday.

The hijacker and a guard were injured, but the nature and severity of their injuries were not immediately known, state-run Tehran radio said.Iran Air Flight 257 was bound for the southern city of Bandar Abbas when the hijacker pulled a gun, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

IRNA said the hijacker fired two shots, demanded to be taken to Iraq and "mentioned Israel as an alternative destination."