Terrorism & Insurgency

Failed hijacking of airliner underlines poor security at Bangladeshi airports and vulnerability to IED attacks

25 February 2019


On 24 February, Bangladeshi security forces shot dead a man who had attempted to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines passenger flight after it made an emergency landing at Shah Amanat International Airport in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong.

The Dubai-bound flight had taken off from Dhaka’s Shah Jalal International Airport – the country’s busiest airport – before the assailant attempted to break into the cockpit of the Boeing 737-800. Bangladeshi media reports claim that the man was armed with a hand gun and fired three shots after he failed to gain access to the cockpit, instead forcing the plane to land in Chittagong.

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