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Hijacking attempt ends in arrest

A man was arrested Thursday after hijacking a 737 Mauritanian plane bound for Nouadhibou.

MSNBC.com reported that passengers on the plane overpowered the hijacker and eventually brought the plane to Spain’s Canary Islands.

CNN.com said that 71 passengers and eight crew members were on the plane. The plane, which took-off from the airport in Nouakchott, was hijacked shorter after it left the ground.

CNN reported that several people had been wounded due to gunfire but no other details were made available. MSNBC said that 21 passengers were treated for slight injuries, the most serious being a pregnant woman in severe shock.

The man was arrested soon after the plane landed in the Canary Islands. There were no other suspects.