Bangladesh police identify suspect in plane hijacking as local, 24 years-old

Police say the armed man who attempted to hijack a passenger plane in Bangladesh was a 24-year-old who resided near the capital.

The aircraft operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines made an emergency landing Sunday in Chittagong after the suspect supposedly tried to hijack the plane soon after takeoff from Dhaka. The defendant asked to speak to the prime minister before dying from gunshots fired by military commandos.

Narayanganj district police chief Mohammed Moniruzzaman told on Monday that the man was Mahmud Polash Ahmed. Police verified Ahmed’s identity with his parents and that he lived in the district outside the capital, Dhaka.

Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority chairman Air Vice Marshal M. Naim Hassan earlier said the suspect seemed “mentally imbalanced.”

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