Biman hijacker had a toy pistol, police say

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A Bangladeshi man who was shot dead after he tried to hijack a plane had carried a toy pistol.

That's according to the police, who confirmed he didn't have any explosives on him.

"He appeared to be mentally imbalanced. We heard he had a personal issue with his wife and demanded to speak to the prime minister," a top police officer told Reuters.

Police are currently investigating the motive behind the hijack bid. 

Bangladeshi commandoes shot the passenger who had tried to enter the cockpit of Dubai-bound Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight on Sunday after threatening to blow it up.

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