An Etihad Airways flight on July 15, 2017 was the target of a bomb plot.


Etihad bomb plot mastermind gets death sentence


DUBAI – A suspected Daesh militant believed to be the mastermind behind an attempt to bomb an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi last year has been given the death sentence.

According to ABC news, Tarek Khayat was given the capital punishment this week in Baghdad’s Alrasafah Central Criminal Court for his role as a terrorist leader in Iraq.

Khayat has 10 days to appeal and could face execution within 30 days if his appeal is rejected.

The 48-year-old Lebanese national is believed to have ordered his two brothers to bomb an Etihad Airways flight on July 15, 2017 using an explosive device hidden in a meat grinder.

The plan was foiled after a fourth brother, Amer, was stopped from carrying the device on board as carry-on baggage because his bag was too heavy.

Amer was able to board the flight, but without the bag. He is now in police custody in Lebanon and has denied knowledge of the plot.

The two other brothers Khaled and Mahmoud were arrested in raids in Sydney in July last year and are expected to go to trial next year. GAD/Expat Media


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