On March 25, Mauritanian security forces apprehended a foreigner who stormed an airliner of Mauritania Airlines in Nouakchott International Airport – Oumtounsy.
According to the Mauritanian News Agency, the hijacker stormed the airliner, which was empty at the time, to demand “compensation” form the Mauritanian government over an unclear personal issue.
“A man, who claims to be an American citizen, has threatened to burn down a Mauritanian air plane, of Amberear type, on the floor of Nouakchott International Airport – Oumtounsy,” the state-run news agency said in a report. “The hijacking operation has been successfully ended without damages.”
The identity of the hijacker is yet to be revealed. The Sahara Medias revealed that the man arrived in the country a day earlier coming from an unnamed “African capital.” The man was not apparently armed or in passion of any dangerous material.
Mauritanian security forces responded swiftly and efficiently to the incident. Reinforcements were quickly deployed at Nouakchott International Airport – Oumtounsy.
The motives of the hijacker appear to be personal. Nevertheless, Mauritanian authorities are yet to confirm this. More details will likely surface in the upcoming few days.
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