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April 14 (Bloomberg) -- Iraqi security forces foiled an attempt by al-Qaeda to hijack an airplane and fly it into a Shiite Muslim shrine in southern Iraq, al-Arabiya reported, citing an unidentified counter-terrorism official.
Members of the terrorist network were planning to hijack the plane after it took off from Najaf airport and fly it into the dome of the Imam Ali Mosque in an attack inspired by the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on the U.S., according to the report. The shrine, the burial site of the Prophet Mohammed’s cousin, is one of the holiest sites for Shiites.
A primitive country like Iraq