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Police storm Gulf Air at Heathrow over ‘kidnap plot’

March 22, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Armed police yesterday boarded a flight from Bahrain as soon as it touched down at London Heathrow and seized a “Middle Eastern looking” man over an alleged kidnapping plot.

“Middle Eastern looking” men (the description given to London’s Daily Mail by a witness) are not uncommon in Bahrain. In this case, the man was 29 years old.

He was conveyed immediately after arrest to a police station in west London for questioning, with Scotland Yard saying the action related to a “kidnap allegation”.

Additional mystery was added when police said the action was “not terror related” but connected with something that had happened last December.

Adel Darwish’s tweet

Adel Darwish, who describes himself on Twitter as a “British commentator, historian, author, Westminster parliament reporter” tweeted: “T4 Heathrow @GulfAir flt GF003 from Bahrain just landed, armed police entered the cabin ordering all to remain seated. Someone sent text. Let us hope nothing serious.”

MailOnline quoted a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police saying: “At around 3pmon Tuesday, March 20, Met officers arrested a 29-year-old man on board an inbound flight to Heathrow from Bahrain.

“The male was arrested in connection with a kidnap allegation of December 19 2017. He has been taken to a west London Police station where he remains at this time. This arrest is not terror related.”

Written by Peter Needham

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