Belarus accused of hijacking Ryanair plane – BBC News

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    A Ryanair plane from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Belarus for several hours on Sunday, with activists saying it was done to arrest a dissident journalist on board.

    EU leaders are due to discuss their response to what the union’s executive called a “hijacking” and the US state department said was “a shocking act”.

    Belarus scrambled a fighter jet to force the plane to land in Minsk, claiming a bomb threat.

    Police came and took Roman Protasevich away when passengers disembarked.

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