'Terrorist' suspected of attempting to hijack Dubai-bound flight shot dead in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight after it made an emergency landing Credit: AP

A "terrorist" suspected of attempting to hijack a flight bound for Dubai has been shot dead.

The flight from Bangladesh's capital Dhaka to Dubai made an emergency landing in Chittagong after a man attempted to hijack the plane.

After the aircraft landed, the suspect, a Bangladeshi, asked to speak to the country’s prime minister before dying from injuries in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, officials said.

The flight, operated by state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, made the emergency landing in Chittagong around 40 minutes after taking off at 4.35pm, after a crew member reported “suspicious behaviour” by the man, said Rezaul Karim, an official with the Bangladeshi military’s inter-service public affairs office.

All 143 passengers and seven crew members aboard the Boeing 737-800 were safely evacuated, Air Vice Marshal Mofidur Rahman said at a news conference.

Bangladeshi forces fired at the suspect after he shot at them when they asked him to surrender, army Major General Motiur Rahman reportedly told local media.

He said that the suspect was carrying a pistol, but did not say where the shooting took place.

The suspect died before reaching the hospital, he said.

Maj Gen Rahman added that the suspect - who has not been named - asked to speak to his wife and to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Before the suspect was pronounced dead, Maj Gen Rahman had described him as a “terrorist” and said that he had been arrested and was being questioned.

Bangladeshi soldiers could be seen during the live TV broadcast taking positions inside Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong, 156 miles southeast of Dhaka.