Start date: Oct 07, 1985
End date: Oct 10, 1985
Location: MS Achille Lauro off the Egyptian coast
Attack type: Hijacking and hostage crisis
Weapons: Firearms and hand grenades
Freed hostages from Achille Lauro returning to the US by military aircraft
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