By IAN AUSTEN
A mob of American Indian protesters hijacked a United States Border Patrol car in
The hijacking took place Friday at the site of a three-month standoff between the Indians, local residents and the police over a land claim in
Another officer from the
According to the Canadian police, a crowd of protesters, angry about a housing development on land that they claim as their own, swarmed the border patrol vehicle and forcibly removed its three occupants.
The hijackers then drove the vehicle toward a provincial officer, apparently in an attempt to injure or kill him, the police said. Although fellow officers pulled him out of the way, he nevertheless suffered minor injuries.
Border patrol offices in
The protestors, who blocked a major road during the standoff, are members of the Six Nations Confederacy, which claims title to the land.In a statement, the group condemned the violence, and said that it had removed all the people involved in the episode from the protest site and had started its own investigation using its own police force.