Posted by News Express | 30 March 2016 | 3,228 times
An Egyptian hijacker who forced a domestic flight to land in Cyprus used a fake suicide belt, officials said.
His motives remain unclear but the Cypriot president said the incident was not terrorism-related.
Footage released by Egypt’s interior ministry shows the man passing through several security checks at Alexandria’s Borg El Arab airport.
The drama ended with all passengers released unhurt at Larnaca airport and the man giving himself up.
Cypriot officials named the hijacker as Seif Eldin Mustafa and said he was “psychologically unstable”.
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said Mustafa had initially asked to speak with his Cypriot ex-wife, who police brought to the airport, before making a series of “incoherent” demands.
He was appearing in court in the Cypriot city of Larnaca on Wednesday.
The EgyptAir plane left Larnaca at 22:05 local time (19:05 GMT) bound for Cairo, its original destination.
Egypt’s tourism ministry insisted all airport security measures had been “fully implemented” before EgyptAir Flight MS181 began its flight earlier in the day.
CCTV footage released by the interior ministry shows Mustafa being frisked at two security checks and passing a slim bag through X-ray machines.
Egypt has taken steps to improve airport security after Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 was blown up over Sinai last October. (BBC)
•Photo shows a man believed to be the hijacker leaving the EgyptAir aircraft.
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