EgyptAir Hijacker Arrested: Cypriot Foreign Ministry


Update: Cypriot foreign ministry says incident is ‘over’ and the hijacker has been arrested. Its all over.

Egyptian media identifies hijacker of plane as Ibrahim Samaha.

hijacker demands asylum in Cyprus.

Hijacking: ‘All passengers have left plane except five foreigners.

Cypriot official says women, children allowed to leave hijacked plane.

Hijacker threatened to detonate explosives belt, says Egypt civil aviation.

Cairo: An EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and landed in Cyprus, state radio said. Hijacked EgyptAir flight to Cairo lands in Cyprus. The plane number is MS181.

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation reported that 73 people were on board, with a crew of 7. There were earlier reports of about 80 to 81 people on board.

At least one man was thought to be armed. The hijacking occurred in Cyprus’s flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca.

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