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Jamaican Gunman Arrested After Holding Plane Crew Hostage


Jamaican authorities have arrested the lone gunman who hijacked a plane at Montego Bay's airport and held six crew members hostage.

Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz says the standoff aboard the CanJet airliner is over, and that everyone is safe. He says the detained gunman is about 20 years old and had demanded to go to Cuba.

Officials have described the gunman as "mentally challenged."

A CanJet official said 174 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane when the gunman forced his way through security and boarded the aircraft late Sunday. The passengers and two crew members were released unharmed, but the gunman held the remaining crew until the end of the standoff early Monday.

The Canadian charter was originally scheduled to fly to Cuba before proceeding to its final destination of Halifax, Canada.

Earlier Monday, Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding and National Security Minister Dwight Nelson traveled to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to oversee the operation to end the standoff.

Officials say the gunman's father was also on the scene, assisting in the negotiations to release the crew.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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