Iran foils hijacking on Syria-bound plane

TEHRAN— Iranian air marshals on Saturday foiled an armed man’s attempt to hijack a plane bound for the Syrian capital Damascus, Fars news agency reported.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 27 Nov 2010, 3:30 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:19 AM

“This morning a person armed with a weapon, which wasn’t a firearm, claimed he had placed a bomb on the plane and wanted to hijack the plane,” Fars said, without citing any sources.

“Air marshals reacted swiftly and arrested him,” the report said, adding a preliminary investigation showed there was no bomb on the aircraft which landed safely in Damascus.

The report did not identify the airline, but flagship carrier Iran Air has frequent weekly flights to the Syrian capital, which many Iranians visit on pilgrimage.

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