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UPDATED: EgyptAir Hijacker Surrenders To Police

Posted: Mar 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


The Cypriot foreign ministry has announced the end of the EgyptAir hostage standoff, tweeting: “It’s over. The hijacker arrested.”

The EgyptAir hijacker took the domestic flight over his ex-wife, not terrorism, spokesman for Cyprus Ministry of Transport told CNN. It was reported that the hijacker was a 27-year-old Egyptian man named Ibrahim Samaha, and that he was seeking asylum and demanded to see his Cypriot ex-wife who lives on the island before negotiation could take place for the release of the remaining hostages.

The situation ended when the hijacker, reportedly an Egyptian, was seen walking down the steps of the aircraft with his hands raised.

It came shortly after several people were seen fleeing the aircraft. The plane had been surrounded by police since it landed at Larnaca several hours earlier on Tuesday morning.

According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, Omar al-Gammal, the pilot,  informed authorities that he was threatened by a passenger who had an explosive belt and forced him to divert from Cairo to the Larnaka Airport in Cyprus, where most of the passengers were freed.