Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed

Bangladesh’s state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight is seen after it made an emergency landing at the airport in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Sunday, Feb.24, 2019. A Bangladesh air force official says the flight from the capital, Dhaka, bound for Dubai made the emergency landing, after a man allegedly attempted to hijack the plane. (AP Photo)

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A passenger flight made an emergency landing Sunday in Bangladesh after an armed man attempted to hijack the plane, and he was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, officials said. The suspect asked to speak to the prime minister before dying from his injuries.

The flight, operated by state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, left the capital, Dhaka, at 4:35 p.m. heading for Dubai via Chittagong.

The pilot made the emergency landing in Chittagong about 40 minutes after takeoff, after a crew member reported "suspicious behavior" 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 reporters, 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, a Bangladeshi whose name has not been released, asked to speak to his wife and to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 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 behavior. He wanted to talk to the prime minister."

Before the suspect was pronounced dead, Rahman had described him as a "terrorist" and said that he had been arrested and was being questioned.

Bangladeshi soldiers could be seen during the live TV broadcast taking positions inside Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong, 252 kilometers (156 miles) southeast of Dhaka.

Must Read

Bangladesh plans separate shelters for Rohingya...

Sep 26, 2017

Bangladesh says it is planning to build separate shelters for 6,000 Rohingya Muslim children who...

AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's...

Dec 11, 2017

The Associated Press has found that the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has...

Aid group projects 48,000 births in crowded...

Jan 5, 2018

An aid agency projects 48,000 babies will be born this year in the refugee camps for Rohingya...

Egypt parliament toughens penalties for female...

Aug 31, 2016

Egypt adopts penalties for female genital mutilation; perpetrators to get up to 7 years in prison,...

Sculpture honoring fallen soldiers scandalizes...

Sep 4, 2016

A provincial governor in Egypt has ordered changes to a sculpture honoring fallen soldiers after...

Sign up now!

About Us

Welcome to the Daily Nomad, a peek into our nomadic lifestyle where you’ll learn more of our culture and live happy, wild, and free.

Contact us: sales[at]daily-nomad.com