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Hijacking suspect Md. Polash Ahmed.

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Hijacker of Dubai-bound flight identified

 

DUBAI – A man who tried to hijack a Dubai-bound flight from Bangladesh was a 24-year-old Bangladeshi who was previously arrested for kidnapping, Bangladeshi police said.

Md. Polash Ahmed died of gunshot wounds after he exchanged fire with special forces on Sunday. Police said that Ahmed opened fire first.

Ahmed was a passenger on the Biman Bangladesh Airline flight from Dhaka when he attempted to hijack it on Sunday. The plane made an emergency landing in Chittagong.

The motive for the attempted hijacking is not clear, but officials said that Ahmed asked to speak to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina before he died on the way to the hospital.

Police said that a bomb squad at the scene found a “bomb-like material” in Ahmed’s possession. Police said Ahmed had a record of an arrest in 2012 about a kidnapping case.

Bangladesh civil aviation minister Mahbug Ali told reporters that airport surveillance video showed Ahmed passing through security with other passengers before boarding the flight.

“There was no signal that he had something” when the suspect boarded the flight, Ali said.

Police said that Ahmed’s parents have confirmed his identity but that no one has yet claimed his body from the Chittagong Medical College and Hospital mortuary. GAD/Expat Media

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