2019-02-25 Bangladesh||Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed
[DAWN] A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing on Sunday in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane, officials said.|
The suspect, a Bangladeshi, asked to speak to the country's prime minister before dying from injuries in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, officials said.
The flight, operated by state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, took off from Dhaka at 4:35pm for the trip to Dubai via Chittagong.
The pilot made the emergency landing in Chittagong about 40 minutes later, after a crew member reported "suspicious behaviour" by the man, said Rezaul Karim, an official with the Bangladeshi military's inter-service public affairs office.
All 143 passengers and seven crew members aboard the Boeing 737-800 were safely evacuated, Air Vice Marshal Mofidur Rahman said at a news conference broadcast live on Somoy TV.
The commandos fired at the suspect after he shot at them when they asked him to surrender, army Maj Gen Motiur Rahman told news hounds, according to ATN TV news. He said that the suspect was carrying a pistol, but did not say where the shooting took place.
The army official said the suspect, whose name has not been released, asked to speak to his wife and to Prime Minister
the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as
the Battling Begums..
. The suspect died before reaching the hospital, he said.
The suspect appeared to be "mentally imbalanced", said Air Vice Marshal M. Naim Hassan, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority. "I am saying this because of his behaviour. He wanted to talk to the prime minister."
A 25-year-old man who was shot dead when trying to hijack a Bangladesh Airlines flight using a toy gun, had been having 'troubles with his wife', police say.
| The Daily Mail says he is 25. Perhaps one day this nutter will grow a name.|
Update from the Daily Mail at noon ET:
The man, named only as Mahadi, used the gun to take a crew member hostage while also demanding to speak with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh’s elite police unit, the Rapid Action Battalion, meanwhile identified the suspect as Mohammad Polash Ahmed from Narayanganj, just outside the capital Dhaka.
"His details matched a criminal on our database," the RAB says in a statement, adding he was tossed in the calaboose
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in 2012 over an abduction case and served 20 days in prison.
Now he's really dead, beyond all cares and woe.
|Posted by Fred 2019-02-25 00:00||
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