Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Hijacker of EgyptAir surrenders at Larnaca airport

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The man who hijacked a plane of EgyptAir surrendered himself to security forces at Larnaca airport in Cyprus.

The suicide vest he threatened crew of the plane and its passengers with has been found to be a fake one, made of mobile phone covers.

The stand-off between the hijacker and security forces at Larnaca airport took about six hours after which he ended his drama.

The hijacker identified as Seif Eldin Mohamed Mustafa, an Egyptian national, emerged from the aircraft with his hands in the air to two awaiting counter-terrorism police officers.

All of the passengers and crew were unharmed.

Motive behind the drama that attracted world attention is unknown, however, the hijacker has been taken into custody and further investigation has been underway from him.

Egypt’s civil aviation authority said the plane was hijacked while flying from the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria to the capital Cairo.

It added that flight, MS181, was flying an internal route in Egypt from Borg El Arab Airport in Alexandria to Cairo when the incident took place. The flight left Alexandria at 6:36 a.m. local time and was expected to land in Cairo at 7:15 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

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