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Monday
Apr252011

Man Arrested After Attacking Flight Attendant on Alitalia Jet

CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images (File)(ROME) -- A Kazakhstan citizen was taken into custody by Italian police after he allegedly attacked a flight attendant onboard an Alitalia flight on Sunday, and demanded that the plane land in Tripoli, Libya.

Authorities say the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Valery Tolmachev, used a knife to attack a female flight attendant on Alitalia Flight 329, which was headed from Paris to Rome. The suspect, who was described as being in an agitated state during the attack, was reportedly overpowered by other members of the flight crew and was arrested after the flight landed in Rome.

The flight attendant, who was attacked, reportedly suffered minor injuries.

A total of 131 people were reportedly onboard the flight. There were no other reports of injuries.

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