An Indian Airlines Airbus, IC-814, carrying 189 persons on board was hijacked by five heavily armed men about two hours after it took off from Kathmandu en route to New Delhi on December 24, 1999. The militants released 27 passengers at Dubai. On December 25, the plane landed at Kandahar in Afghanistan where it stayed until the hijacking was over. The hijackers demanded the release of Mohammad Masood Azhar, who is the general secretary and ideologue of the Harakat-ul-Mujahideen. They later demanded the release of 35 other jailed terrorists and US $200 million.
Indians held hostage in Iraq
Indian hostages` families wait in hope