A Ukrainian plane, which was evacuating Ukrainians from Afghanistan, was hijacked by armed hijackers in Kabul and flown to Iran instead, reported Russian TASS news citing Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin on August 24.
“Last Sunday, our plane was hijacked by other people. On Tuesday, the plane was practically stolen from us, it flew into Iran with an unidentified group of passengers onboard instead of airlifting Ukrainians. Our next three evacuation attempts were also not successful because our people could not get into the airport,” Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister reportedly said.
According to the Deputy Foreign Minister, the hijackers were armed.
However, Ukraine and Iran both have denied the reports of plane hijacking, reported The Jerusalem Post.
The Iranian Civil Aviation Authority denied the report, saying that the plane refueled in Mashhad and then flew to Kiev.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan after the US-backed Afghan government collapsed and President Ghani fled the country, bringing an unprecedented end to a two-decade campaign in which the US and its allies had tried to transform the war-ravaged nation.Since then, several countries are sending their aircraft to evacuate their citizens and Afghan nationals. ( With inputs from Moneycontrol)