Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Egyptian Ministry - Hijacker Seized Plane, Diverted It To Cyprus To See Ex-Wife. "He's Not A Terrorist, He's An Idiot. Terrorists Are Crazy But They Aren't Stupid. This guy is,"

A lone figure leaves the hijacked Egypt air flight as Seif Eldin Mustafa ends his attempt to hold the travellers hostage, March 29, 2016. Most of the passengers and crew who were on board a hijacked Egyptian plane diverted to Cyprus have been freed. EgyptAir Flight MS181 was taken over after a passenger claimed to be wearing a suicide explosive belt.

The Egyptian man who hijacked a plane with 56 passengers on board and forced the pilot to divert to Cyprus used a fake suicide belt made from iPhone cases. EgyptAir flight MS181 was on an internal flight from Alexandria to Cairo when Seif Eldin Mustafa revealed a belt made from several iPhone cases tied together and covered with cloth.

The plane’s pilot took the “suicide belt” threat seriously and diverted the plane to Cyprus as Mustafa requested. Upon landing, the hijacker took at least four crew members and three "foreign" passengers hostage for several hours before eventually giving himself up.

gyptAir flight from Alexandria's Burg Al-Arab airport to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Larnaca, Cyprus

EgyptAir confirmed that all the hostages have been released. Cyprus government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides also confirmed the end of the hijacking, tweeting: "The hijacker has just been arrested." Earlier the Egyptian Foreign Ministry denied the hijacking was related to terrorism.

"He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren't stupid. This guy is," an unidentified official was quoted as saying. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades also told reporters that the incident appeared to be motivated by personal reasons, not terrorism.