A 24-year-old was shot dead for trying to hijack a Dubai-bound plane with a toy gun, but his motive remains a mystery

  • Police identified the man who tried to hijack a plane from Bangladesh to Dubai, but said that they do not yet know his motive.
  • Mahmud Polash Ahmed, from a village near Bangladesh’s capital, tried to enter the cockpit and tried to blow up the plane, police said.
  • The 24-year-old was shot dead inside the plane after it made an emergency landing in Bangladesh, but police contradicted an earlier statement that said he had a real gun or explosives.
  • “He appeared to be mentally imbalanced. We heard he had a personal issue with his wife and demanded to speak to the prime minister,” police added.

Police have identified the 24-year-old man who was shot dead by police after trying to hijack a flight bound for Dubai, but said they are yet to establish a motive.

Police said the man, identified as 24-year-old Mahmud Polash Ahmed, tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight after it took off from Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday and threatened to blow up the plane, Reuters reported.

The flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where all 148 passengers left the plane unharmed and officials shot the hijacker, who police now say was from a small village outside of Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.

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Kusum Dewan, additional commissioner of Chittagong police, said a motive is still being established. He said: “He appeared to be mentally imbalanced. We heard he had a personal issue with his wife and demanded to speak to the prime minister. But we are still investigating. We don’t want to come to any conclusions right now.”

Police now say the hijacker was not carrying real weapons

Major General S M Motiur Rahman, of the Bangladesh Army, said on Sunday that the man appeared to have a pistol and explosives around his body and that he was shot dead after he refused to surrender, according to Reuters.

But Bangladesh civil aviation minister Mahbub Ali said on Monday that “there was no signal that he had something” when he went through airport security before bording the flight, The Associated Press reported.

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Mohibul Haque, secretary of the civil aviation ministry, told reporters on Monday that “we don’t know if there was any exchange of gunfire,” the AP reported.

Instead, officials now say that he had a toy gun. Dewan told reporters on Monday that “the pistol with the suspect was a toy pistol and he had no bomb attached to his body,” Reuters reported.

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