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#EgyptAir hijacker identified

The Cypriot Foreign Ministry has identified the hijacker as Seif El Din Mustafa.

An EgyptAir Airbus A320 on the tarmac of Larnaca International Airport after it was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on 29 March 2016. Picture: AFP.
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JOHANNESBURG – The Cypriot Foreign Ministry has now identified the Egypt Air plane hijacker as Seif El Din Mustafa.

The plane, with more than 60 passengers on board, was forced to land at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus this morning. 

After the plane landed at Larnaca Airport, the hijacker released all the people on board except four foreign passengers and the crew, EgyptAir said.

It’s understood some passengers were still being held hostage until a few minutes ago but it was unclear how many were still on board the plane.

CNN’s Ian Lee said negotiations for their release were still underway.

“We will be monitoring it very closely to see if this continues, and especially whatever direction the negotiations take place. But right now this is very much a hostage situation in that plane.”

Reuters earlier reported that the hijacker was demanding the release of female prisoners from Egypt.

 

PERSONAL MOTIVES 

Earlier, Cyprus broadcasting (CYBC) reported that the hijacker of an Egypt Air plane that was forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday may have personal motives.

The hijacker had an ex-wife in Cyprus, the broadcaster said.

Witnesses said the hijacker threw a letter on the apron of the airport in Larnaca, written in Arabic, asking that it be delivered to his ex-wife, who is Cypriot.

SA-BASED PRIESTS

Eyewitness News this morning confirmed that two South African-based priests were on board the EgyptAir plane.

EWN confirmed that the two Greek Orthodox priests were in Egypt where Bishop Nicodimus Boulaksis
was ordained as a bishop on Sunday.

They were on the EgyptAir flight that left Alexandria this morning and was later forced to land in Cyprus.

Father Gerassimos Venturas from the Orthodox Church in Johannesburg says they were on their way to Cairo to catch a connecting flight back home.

“At about 9:15am I received a phone call that they’re were let free and are safe.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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