Lahore: 4 held for trying to board flight carrying guns
LAHORE: The Airport Security Force (ASF) at the Allama Iqbal International Airport arrested at least four men for trying to board a Thailand–bound flight while carrying guns, preventing a possible attempt of hijacking.
The men, all Thais who had been studying at a religious school in Pakistan, were trying to catch a flight on Monday night when they were intercepted, the officials said. After recovering the weapons, the suspects were transferred to an undisclosed location and cases have been registered against all four men.
The suspects wanted to board a Bangkok–bound Thai Airways’ flight at the midnight on June 9 but were intercepted right at the checkpost leading to the airport’s gate. All four suspects were carrying 9MM pistols.
The potential hijackers were studying at a religious seminary in Swat. “The boys are studying at a religious seminary,” said an official. “They were going back on vacation.” Another official said that the men were in their early 20s.
“One of them managed to clear all checkpoints and board the Bangkok–bound flight of Thai Airways, while other three were caught on the third and the final checkpoint after a security official scanned their bags,” he said. The fourth man was detained after the other three identified him, he said.