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Mush evacuated from UK-bound flight following bomb scare

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 14:35

Islamabad: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was among the passengers taken off a London-bound flight of Virgin Atlantic at New Jersey airport in the US following a bomb scare, a media report said here Wednesday.

Musharraf and other passengers were evacuated from the aircraft after a security alert about a suspicious traveler and reports of a bomb in the airliner, Geo News said.

The aircraft was later cleared and all the passengers were given the go-ahead to board it.

However, Musharraf was taken to a local hotel and accommodated there.
A passenger, reportedly from the Middle East, bought a one-way ticket on the flight and paid for it in cash.

The man was arrested and the channel quoted US security sources as saying that they feared he might pose a threat to the flight.

Virgin Atlantic`s management declined to give the reason behind the emergency.

Musharraf has been living outside Pakistan since April last year.
He resigned as President in mid-2008 to avoid being impeached by the Pakistan People`s Party-led government.


First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 14:35
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