The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the man who attempted to hijack a Tehran flight bound for the Syrian capital is a known counterrevolutionary element.
On Friday, an Iranian man equipped with a "cold weapon" claimed he had planted bombs on the IranAir flight number 517 en route to Damascus from Tehran and tried to hijack the plane.
The man was arrested by flight security onboard and no bomb was found on the airliner after careful investigation.
"Through the timely and decisive actions of the IRGC flight security personnel and the vigilance of cabin crew, the plan of one of the counterrevolutionary elements to hijack the Islamic Republic of Iran airliner en route from Tehran to Damascus was foiled," the statement said.
The plane safely returned to Tehran after the hijacker was arrested and the necessary security measures were taken by security personnel.