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5 security officials suspended over Biman hijacking

  • Published at 06:25 pm March 4th, 2019
The Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft, which was hijacked by a lone gunman midair, is seen on the tarmac at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on Sunday, February 24, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

All five were on duty at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport's domestic terminal when the hijacker passed through

The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry on Monday recommended the suspension of five people, including two civil aviation security officials over the Biman hijacking in Chittagong on February 24.

Additionally, Bangladesh Air Force Sergeant Sajedul Islam has been closed, a Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) official confirmed to Dhaka Tribune over the phone.

The two civil aviation officials are: CAAB Security Supervisor Lehaj Uddin Bhuiyan and Yunus Howladar, a security guard.

The three suspended Ansar members are: Alim Hossain, Mahfuzur Rahman, and Saddam Hossain.

Also Read- Biman flight hijack drama at Chittagong airport ends with gunman shot dead

All five were on duty at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport's domestic terminal on the day of the incident, said the CAAB official.

 He said the decision was taken as per of the directive from the Civil Aviation Ministry and CAAB, noting that the Ansar members will face actions as recommended by the ministry.

On February 24, a young man named Polash Ahmed used a toy gun to hijack a Dubai-bound Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka via Chittagong. The aircraft landed at Chittagong and the passengers and the crew were released without any incident. But the hijacker was killed when security forces stormed the plane.

Following the gross breach of security measures, a committee was formed to identify the people responsible and place recommendations.

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