Ethiopia investigating identity of plane hijacker

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Ethiopia said on Monday it was investigating who hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines flight that was forced to land in Geneva.

"Who was behind this hijacking and who this guy is is not yet known," Ethiopia's Information Minister Redwan Hussein said.

"Our ambassador there (in Geneva) is trying to search information from our passengers," he said.

The minister said officials were also trying to establish how the hijacker managed to get on the Rome-bound flight at Addis Ababa's airport.

"They have not yet had the details as to how he managed to get in the airplane and who was behind that and what actually he had at his disposal to force the airplane" to divert, he said.