Iran foils hijack bid on Tehran-Damascus flight
The man said he had planted a bomb on a flight from Tehran to Damascus.
Tehran: Iranian security forces foiled a hijack attempt on Saturday, arresting a man who said he had planted a bomb on a flight from Tehran to Damascus, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
"This morning a person armed with a weapon, which wasn`t a firearm, claimed he had placed a bomb on the plane and wanted to hijack the plane," Fars said, without citing any sources.
"Air marshals reacted swiftly and arrested him," the report said, adding a preliminary investigation showed there was no bomb on the aircraft which landed safely in Damascus.
The report did not identify the airline, but flagship carrier Iran Air has frequent weekly flights to the Syrian capital, which many Iranians visit on pilgrimage.