Air Travellers Stranded in Iraq

More than 3000 Swedes are stranded in Iraq after a ban on Swedish passenger flights was imposed last Friday by the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority.

The restrictions came into place following the alleged shooting of a Nordic Airways aircraft last week, which was flying from Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan to Stockholm with some 130 people on board.

The crew believes someone opened fire from the ground moments after the plane took off, but there was no structural damage reported and no one was injured. No evidence has yet been produced to support the crew’s claim, but new information has surfaced which may hold a clue.

According to a spokesperson for the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority, the US military is investigating a break-in at a weapons store in the vicinity of the airport in northern Iraq.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs could not confirm that they had received any information regarding the arms robbery.

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