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Aug 29, 2012 6:42 PM by Lauren Molenburg

US, Canada, Russia militaries train for hijacking

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - U.S., Canadian, and Russian military officers have wrapped up a three-day training exercise to test their ability to jointly defuse an international hijacking.

The exercise took place inside the headquarters of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S.-Canada operation with headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Other participants worked from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and two locations in Russia.

This was the third annual edition of the exercise. The previous two involved having a small plane play the role of a hijacked airliner, but this year's version was entirely a simulation.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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