Iran Reports Thwarted Plane Hijacking Plot

An IranAir Airbus A320 aircraft parks after landing at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, March 13, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Photo.

i24 News – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reported on Friday a thwarted plane hijacking plot, as cited by the Associated Press.

The purported attack targeting a passenger jet took place on Thursday, the IRGC said on its website.

The jet in question — an Iran Air Fokker 100 on a flight from Ahvaz in the south to Mashhad, in the country’s northwest, made an emergency landing in the city of Isfahan, the Guards said.

Iran did not identify the purported hijacker but said the attacker was trying to set the jet for the southern Persian Gulf shoreline — a wording that can refer to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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The Guards said there were no casualties in the incident, without shedding more light on the exact circumstances of the attack.


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