'Iranian agents' plot to hijack Saudia jet uncovered
A plot to hijack a Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) aircraft has been thwarted by authorities in Manila.
Quoting a newspaper in the Philippines, Arab News reported that the plan, which is said to involve Iranian agents, involved taking over a jet departing from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The plot came to light after a stash of secret documents was found in Manila. The allegations of Iranian involvement could not be verified and the Saudi Arabian government has not publicly addressed the reports.
The newspaper said the documents revealed that a team of 10 hijackers had recently departed Iran on separate flights with the intention of launching the attack in Malaysia, Indonesia or the Philippines.
The Saudi embassy in Manila has asked for screening devices to be installed to tighten security procedures for passengers travelling on the flag-carrier.