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A hijacking drama in Jamaica is over after the last of more than 180 hostages were released from a Canadian charter jet.

Officials say the suspect is a Jamaican national aged around 20, and describe him as a “troubled young man”. It is alleged he breached security at 10pm local time on Sunday at the airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica’s major tourist centre, before forcing his way onboard the CanJet aircraft which had just arrived from Halifax, Nova Scotia. All the 174 passengers were freed initially, along with two crew. After tense negotiations, personally overseen by Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, the gunman freed the six remaining crew unharmed before surrendering to police.

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