Suspected of Air India’s Flight 182 Kanishka bombing shot dead in Canada
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Appearing to a targeted shooting, Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was in 2005 acquitted in the Air India mass murder plot that killed 329 people on board in 1985, for lack of evidence, was reportedly shot outside his clothing business in the area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, local media reported.
Ripudaman Singh Malik , 75, was one of the suspects in the 1985 bombing of Air India’s Flight 182 Kanishka that killed 331 persons.
Suspected of Air India’s Flight 182 Kanishka bombing shot dead in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police would not confirm the victim’s name, but said in a statement that a man was found “suffering from gunshot wounds” and had “succumbed to his injuries (at the) scene.”
The bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland that killed all 329 passengers and crew had been the deadliest act of airborne terrorism prior to the September 11 attacks in the United States.
It came as another bomb exploded at Japan’s Narita airport, killing two workers who were loading baggage onto an Air India flight.Both suitcase bombs were later traced back to Vancouver.
Canadian and Indian agencies concluded that the two bombings were related and had been planned and executed by Sikh separatists based in Canada following Operation Blue Star of 1984.
Malik, who founded the Khalsa Credit Union, ran a number of Khalsa schools and was at the forefront of humanitarian efforts in Canada.
About Air India Flight 182
Air India Flight 182 was an Air India flight operating on the Montreal–London–Delhi–Mumbai route. On 23 June 1985, it was disintegrated in mid-air en route from Montreal to London, at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,400 m) over the Atlantic Ocean, as a result of the explosion from a bomb planted by Canadian militants. The remnants of the airliner fell into the ocean approximately 190 kilometres (120 miles) west-southwest of the southwest tip of Ireland, killing all aboard: 329 people, including 268 Canadian citizens, 27 British citizens and 24 Indian citizens. The bombing of Air India Flight 182 is the deadliest aviation incident in the history of Air India and was the world’s deadliest act of aviation terrorism until the September 11 attacks in 2001