EgyptAir Hijacked, 49 Captives Freed, Motive Not Terrorist Related

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The hijacking that diverted an EgyptAir flight to Cyprus and threatened passenger lives, turns out may be a desperate move of a man to contact his Cypriot ex-wife.

The plane took off from Alexandria, it was hijacked and landed at Larnaca. The hijacker, said he was strapped with explosives, a statement that was not true according to Cypriot authorities.

The hijacker did mention he wanted to deliver a letter to his Cypriot ex-wife. The woman who is a resident of Oroklini, Cyprus was transferred to the Larnaca Airport to meet her former husband.

But others say he is demanding the release of female prisoners in Egypt.

Cypriot officials have named Seif El Din Mustafa as the suspect.

Most passengers and crew have been freed and the hijacker remains on the plane with seven hostages.

Egypt’s civil aviation minister, Sherif Fathy, told a news conference that seven people remained on board the jet. Sherif Fathy identified them as the pilot, the co-pilot, a female stewardess, a security officer and three passengers whose nationalities he refused to divulge.

Although, the incident initially alerted authorities fearing a terrorism act it turns out the ex-wife might be the key for ending this.

Mr. Fathy said negotiations with the hijacker – who had made no specific demands – were continuing, and that it was unclear whether the hijacker had taken explosives on board or was bluffing.

In response to a reporter’s question about whether the hijacker was motivated by romance, he laughed and said: “Always there is a woman involved.”

(With information from BBC News)