Afghan Hijacker Found Working as Cleaner at Heathrow Airport

An Afghan hijacker who won the right to live in England is working at Heathrow Airport in London as a cleaner in the British Airways training center, the Daily Mail reported.

Nazamuddin Mohammidy, 34, was among nine hijackers who in 2000 diverted an Ariana Airlines flight with 160 passengers on board to Stansted Airport in Essex, England.

The group, armed with guns and hand grenades, claimed it was fleeing the Taliban and threatened to kill all the passengers unless they were granted asylum. It took four days for the hijackers to surrender.

Mohammidy appeared in court this week after police pulled him over while he was driving a car around the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow, the Daily Mail reported.

At first authorities thought he was an unlicensed cab driver but were shocked to discover he was one of the hijackers and had a British Airways pass on him.

He initially was arrested on charges of being in breach of bail over assault charges for allegedly attacking his landlord, and then it emerged that he was one of the Stansted hijackers.

He has spent months working for a firm that has a contract to clean at Heathrow. Sources told the Daily Mail that Mohammidy’s British Airways pass did not give him airside access, but it did allow him to go into secure areas.

"There’s got to be something seriously wrong with a country that lets a hijacker work at an airport," an unidentified source told The Sun. "It’s shocking."

British Airways confirmed to the Sun, "We have been helping police with their inquiries into a man who is employed by a cleaning contractor."

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