Pilot arrested over hijack plot

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DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladesh yesterday arrested a pilot from the national airline accused of plotting with Islamist militants to hijack or crash a plane in a spectacular attack, police said. Sabbir Emam, a pilot with state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, was detained in Dhaka with three others suspected of links to a militant group blamed for a cafe siege last year that left 22 people dead. The Rapid Action Battalion police unit said Mr Sabbir plotted with senior extremists from Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh to crash a plane into the homes of politicians or to take passengers hostage. “He is a dangerous person and is working at a sensitive place like Bangladesh Biman, which the country’s important individuals use,” the battalion said. Mr Sabbir, a pilot since 2014, flew a Boeing 737 passenger jet as recently as Monday, the battalion said.

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