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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

EgyptAir hostage situation ends in arrest of hijacker, Egypt Foreign Ministry says "He is not a terrorist, but an idiot"

The hostage situation at Cyprus' Larnaca airport  has finally ended in arrest of the hijacker, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The foreign ministry identified the hijacker as Seif Eldin Mustafa in a tweet. It did not provide further details. The foreign ministry reportedly said the hijacker "is not a terrorist, but an idiot".

A man who claimed to have an explosive vest had been holding seven people hostage aboard an EgyptAir plane after forcing it to divert to the Mediterranean island during a domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo.



The airline said the plane, flight number MS181, was carrying 56 passengers, including 26 foreigners, and seven crew, as well as a security officer. Minutes before the alleged hijacker was arrested a number of people were seen leaving the plane, walking down the stairs, with one climbing out of a cockpit window, before being led away by security officers.

Announcing the end of the hostage situation, the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter: “It’s over. The hijacker arrested.”

Four people were seen leaving the hijacked EgyptAir plane around 12.30pm. One man climbed out the cockpit window and three more people, dressed in uniform, ran down the plane’s steps.
Egypt’s civil aviation minister said the hijacker had not issued any "concrete” demands and that it was not clear whether the hijacker’s claims that he had a suicide vest were true.

There are also conflicting reports over his motive, with some saying the incident is related to his ex-wife and others reporting that he asked for the release of political prisoners in Egypt.

Among the passengers were 26 foreigners, including eight Americans, four Britons, four Dutch, two Belgians, an Italian, a French national, two Greeks and one Syrian, the director of the Alexandria airport said. Negotiations led to the release of almost all of those on board soon after the plane arrived in Cyprus, with footage showing many looking calm as they walked down stairs from the plane with their luggage to waiting buses.

The man’s motivation is unclear, but Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said the hijacking was nothing to do with terrorism, while a Cyprus government official said the man "seems (to be) in love".

Citing security sources, Cypriot state media said that the motives of the hijacker appeared personal and he had asked to contact his ex-wife, who lives in Cyprus. "It is not something which has to do with terrorism." Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters.

Asked if a woman was involved he said, "there is always a woman involved."

25 comments:

Uju Phil said...

He look like one,lol

optimisticlady said...

Idiot kwa?
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Roseberry said...

Tcheeeew. Useless man

Na Me Talk Am!!! said...

He's not a terrorist cos he's white!

Ogenah Boris said...

Ara di na udi na udi

vinna saviour said...

Idiot better pass terrorist. Thank God there was no casualty

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STERN said...

I should have told you the encounter I had with this stupid airline like 3 years ago. They delayed everyone of us for 2 days in Cairo because they had a flat tyre and other technical issues and were waiting for the next plane to come from Nigeria that will take us to our destination. I won't even advise my enemy to use this airline even as much as I hate them + Very poor customer service. FIRST AND LAST TIME I WILL EVER USE A MUSLIM AIRLINE. ANY place wey u hear EgyptAir abeg run for your life.

Yetty k said...

Thank God at least

Hadiza Ibrahim said...

Lolzzzz

livingstone chibuike said...

Na mumu

Nnenne George said...

It is well..🙏

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hian!

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Pretty face said...

Hmmmmmm

Adaobi said...

I don't believe it, they are hiding the bigger story.. Some people are protecting themselves

PrettyChi said...

Their headache

Juliet Iwuno said...

Idiot or terrorist, jail awaits him. Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

So he hijacked a plane to see his ex wife in Cyprus. See true love.bike who will hijack only Danfo bus for me.lol

Redhot said...

Dear Egypt Foreign Ministry, an "idiot" was able to hijack your plane. okay. Pray that terrorists don't remember y'all.

edwin oyibo said...

So no Nigeria aboard?

Anonymous said...

Lmaooo

Anonymous said...

Thank you. U overunderstand sed!

Anonymous said...

Lol@ there's always a woman involved!

Lindawoju Ooo said...

truly an idiot, that sent the entire world praying and fasting, fretting to death.



i case my rest.

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