Russian plane bound for Moscow in suspected hijacking

Online flight tracker flightradar24.com identified the aircraft as an Aeroflot Boeing 737. (Reuters)
Updated 22 January 2019
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Russian plane bound for Moscow in suspected hijacking

MOSCOW: Russian authorities said on Tuesday that a passenger plane bound for Moscow has been forced to land shortly after take-off in a suspected hijacking.
The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said an unnamed man on the flight, bound from the Siberian city of Surgut to Moscow, ordered the crew to divert the plane to Afghanistan. The plane landed in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk about 230 kilometers to the west.
Committee spokesman Andrew Przhezdomsky told state-owned Rossiya 24 television channel that the plane stands on the runway in Khanty-Mansiysk and that the passenger is still onboard.


It was not immediately clear if the man was armed and what his demands were. Police has cordoned off the area, and ambulances are on the standby.

 


Militants kill 6 Pakistani troops in southwest Baluchistan near Iran

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Militants kill 6 Pakistani troops in southwest Baluchistan near Iran

  • No one immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on militants and the Daesh group

QUETTA, Pakistan: Pakistani police say militants in two attacks on security forces killed six paramilitary troops in the southwestern Baluchistan bordering Iran.
Local police officer Hidayat Ullah said Monday that four troops were killed Sunday when gunmen opened fire on security forces in the town of Turbat. Two troops were killed in the southwestern town of Loralai a day earlier.
No one immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on militants and the Daesh group, which emerged as a major force behind violence in the region in recent years.
Sunday’s two attacks on Pakistani troops came days after an attack on Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard killed 27.
Iran claims that attack was “planned and carried out from inside Pakistan.” Pakistan rejected the charge and condemned the violence in Iran and offered cooperation.