Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps says it thwarted aircraft hijacking

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Mar 5, 2021

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it has thwarted a aircraft hijacking.

An unidentified perpetrator tried to hijack an Iran Air flight from Ahwaz to Mashhad on Thursday evening. The elite Iranian navy unit stated members of its Flight Security Guard Corps foiled the plan. The aircraft carried out an emergency touchdown in Isfahan and the would-be hijacker was arrested, the semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported Friday.

The IRGC assertion, which was launched to state media, disregarded many particulars, together with the motivation of the perpetrator and the way the IRGC stopped the hijacking. The corps stated the hijacker supposed to land the aircraft in a Gulf nation.

“Initial reports suggested that the perpetrator of this conspiracy intended to land the plane at an airport in one of the southern Arab states of the Persian Gulf,” they stated.

Ahwaz is in southwest Iran’s Khuzestan province near the Iraqi border. It is a various metropolis with a big Arab inhabitants. Mashhad is a holy metropolis for Shiite Muslims in northeast Iran. It was the location of one of many a number of mysterious explosions at Iranian services final summer time.

The aircraft was a Fokker 100 plane. These planes are produced within the Netherlands. Nobody was injured in the course of the tried hijacking, based on the IRGC.

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