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Bomb rant man on Emirates flight arrested in Sweden and Aussie held in Canada

February 4, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Police in Stockholm met an Emirates flight at the city’s Arlanda airport and arrested a passenger, apparently from Sri Lanka, who had run shrieking through the aircraft cabin, tried to break into the cockpit and claimed he had a bomb.

The flight to Stockholm from Dubai takes about seven hours but must have seemed longer for the passengers. Shortly after the plane left Dubai, witnesses said the man rushed through the cabin screaming and shouting.

He tried to break into the cockpit before being wrestled to the floor by cabin crew, who trussed him securely with cable ties so he could do no harm.

Border police in Stockholm confirmed they had arrested “a man from Sri Lanka who had caused a disturbance aboard and had been shackled by the staff”, Stockholm’s Expressen newspaper reported.

Sweden’s TT news service said the man was interrogated and subsequently detained on suspicion of attempted aviation sabotage. He had stood no chance of gaining access to the flight deck, a policeman added.

The strange incident came as Swedish newspapers carried reports that a government investigation had concluded that violent Islamic extremists in Sweden posed an increased threat to the public, with the prime risk being from those who have travelled abroad to war zones for military training.

The Swedish government investigator, Doris Högne Rydheim, stressed that her findings did not mean there was any sudden change in the behaviour of Islamic extremists active in Sweden.

The motives of the man aboard the Emirates flight remain unknown.

Meanwhile, in a simultaneous but presumably unrelated incident, police at Vancouver International Airport arrested a man – possibly an Australian – for allegedly being belligerent and violent on a 12-hour international flight from China.

China Southern Airlines flight 329 to Vancouver from Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport was about halfway to its destination when passengers were jolted awake by a man running from the back of the plane to the front, screaming and swearing.

The man was subdued by cabin crew and passengers after a violent struggle, handcuffed, arrested by Mounties on arrival in Vancouver and charged with assault. A passenger aboard said the man sounded Australian, the Province newspaper reported.

Police later said he was Australian – a 25-year-old man named Abdul Zain Ali.

Written by Peter Needham

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