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EgyptAir hijacker arrested, all passengers freed


03-29-2016 20:34 BJT

For the very latest, the hijacker has been arrested after surrender.

Earlier the Egyptian Civial Aviation minister said he hadn't made any specific demands, but it was reported he requested to see his ex-wife, who is a Cypriot citizen, living in a village not far from the airport. Meanwhile, Egypt is sending a plane to take stranded passengers back from Larnaca airport. Cyprus' foreign ministry has identified the hijacker as Seif Eldin Mustafa, while claiming the hijack is not related to terrorism.

The domestic flight was flying from Alexandria to Cairo, when it was hijacked and diverted to Larnaca airport on the southern coast of Cyprus. Around 60 people were reportedly on board the Airbus A320. The hijacking occurred in the flight information region of Cyprus.

Police there say the hijacker contacted the control tower at about 05.30 GMT, and the plane was given permission to land at Larnaca airport 20 minutes later. The airport was closed during the crisis with incoming flights diverted to Paphos on the island's western edge.

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