Passenger ferry hijacked in northwest Turkey

ISTANBUL - An assailant claiming to have a bomb hijacked a passenger ferry carrying 20 people in northwest Turkey on Friday, a local mayor said.
Kocaeli Mayor Ibrahim Karaosmanoglu said in a live broadcast on NTV that he was aware of only one hijacker on the 400-passenger capacity ferry.
Dogan News Agency said five unidentified assailants had overpowered the captain of the "Kartepe" ferry, which was travelling in the Gulf of Izmit, east of Turkey's largest city Istanbul,
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