EgyptAir hijack not a terrorist attack, says Cyprus president

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Cairo, Mar 29: The hijack of Cairo bound EgyptAir flight MS181 jet is not a terrorist attack, said Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

The plane with 81 passengers on board was hijacked when a passenger claiming to have an explosive belt took charge of the plane and directed it to land Larnaca airport, on the south coast of Cyprus.

EgyptAir hijack not a terrorist attack

The Larnaca airport has been closed and scheduled flights diverted elsewhere.

The plane was on its way from Alexandria to Cairo took off from Bourg el-Arab airport just outside Alexandria on Tuesday.

EgyptAir confirmed the hijacking on its Twitter account: "Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. We'll publish an official statement now."

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The hijacker has been indetified as Ibrahim Samaha is a dual American-Egyptian national and he carried the hijack over ex-wife.

Apart from the crew and four foreign passengers all people on board have been released.

 

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