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Achille Lauro hijacking - 7 Oct 1985 #maritimehistory #OTD

On October 7, 1985, four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian MS Achille Lauro liner off the coast of Egypt, as she was sailing from Alexandria to Ashdod, Israel.

The hijacking was organized by Muhammad Zaidan (a.k.a. Muhammad "Abu" Abbas), leader of the PLF.

A 69-year-old Jewish American man in a wheelchair, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered by the hijackers and thrown overboard.


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