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9 APRIL 2019: TIRANA, ALBANIA

An estimated €6-10 million was stolen in under five minutes at Rinas Airport. The stolen cash was being transported to Vienna and belonged to a commercial bank. A gang entered the airport through a secondary gate in a tax agency’s van, claiming to be tax inspectors. After entering the airfield, the gang intercepted an armoured…

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21 APRIL 2019: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

A six-foot PVC pipe bomb was discovered at Bandaranaike International Airport, hours after a series of suicidal attacks killed approx. 290 people at churches and hotels across Sri Lanka. The airport was locked down whilst the bomb was safely detonated.

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8 APRIL 2019: DIFFA, NIGER

Extremist group Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked multiple areas within Diffa between 8 and 10 April. On 8 April, ISWAP targeted Diffa airport with rocket launchers, although the rockets missed the airport and there were no causalities.

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3 APRIL 2019: GUANAJUATO, MEXICO

Armed criminals entered the tarmac of Del Bajío International Airport using a vehicle with fake Aeromexico markings. They stole over 20 million pesos ($2 million) and other goods from a Panamericano cash-in-transit van that was delivering cash to an aircraft bound for Mexico City. The thieves escaped by breaking through a perimeter fence.

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23 MARCH 2019: GABORONE, BOTSWANA

Charl Viljoen, a pilot for Kalahari Air Services, completed suicide by stealing a Beechcraft KingAir B200 aircraft A2-MBM and crashing it into the Matsieng Flying Club at the Matsieng Aerodrome. The aircraft belonged to Major Blue Air and was on standby for a medical emergency company at Sir Seretse Khama Airport. The South African pilot…

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10 MARCH 2019: CARACAS, VENEZUELA

A shuttle bus transporting Air Europa crew from the airport to their hotel was attacked. Private security guards escorting the crew engaged the assailants in a gunfight, manging to deter them. The bus, scheduled to drop off the arriving crew and collect the crew designated to operate the return flight to Madrid, returned to the…

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20 MARCH 2019: PAPUA, INDONESIA

Gunfire was exchanged between the Free Papua Organization armed separatist (KKSB) group and the Mobile Brigade Corps at Mugi Airport. The Corps were securing a helicopter that had arrived at the airport when the militants fired shots at them. The Corps retaliated injuring two militants, Ipda Rahman and Bharada Ravi Fitrah Kurniawan, and killing one,…

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6 MARCH 2019: COLOGNE, GERMANY

Three men attempted to steal a cash-in-transit vehicle near the arrivals area at Cologne-Bonn airport. The men shot and injured at least one security guard. They later set fire to their getaway car on the outskirts of the city.