An Egyptian former steward with Kuwait Airways claimed in press comments Thursday that slain Hezbollah commander Imad Mughnieh was the hijacker of two Kuwaiti passenger planes in the 1980s.
"The picture of Mughnieh I saw on satellite channels is the same man who hijacked the planes of Kazmah and Jabriyah," the steward, who was on both the flights, told daily Al Rai. He was identified only as S.
The two planes, an Airbus and a Boeing 747, were hijacked by militant Shiite groups to demand the release of 17 Shiite activists who were jailed in Kuwait for carrying out a series of bombings against US, French and Kuwaiti targets.
"His picture is stuck in my head and I can not forget him. He had very dark brown hair," the steward said.
The coordinated attacks in December 1983 targeted US and French embassies, the Kuwait Airport tower, a refinery and petrochemicals complex and the main power control station, killing and wounding dozens. (AFP)
Former steward claims Mughnieh was hijacker of two Kuwaiti planes