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Egyptian plane hijacker taken into custody

By Charl Bosch - Mar 29, 2016
Egyptian plane hijacker taken into custody

Police in Cyprus have reportedly arrested the man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane on Tuesday morning with some 60 passengers on-board.

According to reports, the man, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, took control of the plane during a short flight from Cairo to Alexandria, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Larnaca Airport. Although originally believed he wanted to see his ex-wife living in the nearby village of Oroklini, it has since been claimed that he was calling for the release of woman locked up in in his native Egypt. An exact motive has however not been determined yet.

Reports have also surfaced that Mustafa was carrying a suicide belt although this also remains to be confirmed. All of the passengers, which included two South African-based Greek Orthodox Priests, were released from the plane without incident.


IMAGE sourced from indianexpress.com