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EgyptAir hijack: Suicide belt worn by the hijacker was fake


Cyprus, Mar 29 (Agencies) : The hostage situation on the tarmac came to a dramatic end just before 1pm as one of the pilots was seen struggling with someone inside cockpit before jumping out of a window, moments before authorities arrested Mustafa.

The hijacker, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, is seen wearing his 'suicide belt', as an unknown man standing next to him on the plane pulls a silly face while taking a selfie

The last remaining hostages, all non-Egyptian men, were seen running over the tarmac before the hijacker gave himself up.

Mustafa disembarked the plane at around 14.40 local time with his hands up and threw some items on the ground, which were picked up by police and are being examined.

Alexandros Zenon, Secretary of the Cypriot Foreign Ministry, did not immediately have more details on the arrest, but added that the hijacker appeared to be 'mentally unstable'.

The moment the EgyptAir plane hijacker gave himself up

In the wake of his arrest, Cypriot authorities were able to determine that Mustafa's suicide belt had been a fake.


The hijacker, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, is seen wearing his 'suicide belt', as an unknown man standing next to him on the plane pulls a silly face while taking a selfie

Seif Eldin Mustafa is seen approaching a military vehicle with his hands in the air after leaves the hijacked Egyptair Airbus A320 at Larnaca Airport


Mustafa is seen leaving leaves the plane before surrendering to security forces after a six-hour standoff on the tarmac at Larnaca airport

'According to security sources received from Cyprus Authorities at Larnaca International Airport, which stated that the explosive belt that the hijacker allegedly said that he was wearing, is fake,' EgyptAir said in a statement.

His arrest followed a comment by an Egyptian Foreign Ministry official, who said: 'He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren't stupid. This guy is.'

This image shows the moment Seif Eldin Mustafa hands over the letter intended for his ex-wife, as a female airport official stands with her head in her hands

During the hostage situation on the tarmac, Mustafa made a series of erratic requests, including asking to meet with representatives of the European Union, and to be taken to other airports.

A picture from the tarmac shows the moment the attacker hands over a four-page letter intended for his ex-wife, as a female airport official stands with her head in her hands.

While initially not making any demands beyond his ex-wife and asylum, the hijacker reportedly asked for the release of female prisoners in Egypt, the Cyprus state broadcaster reported.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters the incident appeared to be motivated by personal reasons and 'is not terrorism-related'

Asked about reports that the hijacker had demanded to see a Cypriot woman, Anastasiades laughed and said: 'Always there is a woman.'

Police spokeswoman Nicoletta Tirimou said the letter handed to officials is written in Arabic, and is being translated, adding that the man's ex-lover had arrived at the airport and that the couple had children.

Egypt's civil aviation minister Sharif Fathi, said at a press conference that there has been confusion over the identity of the hijacker, after government officials gave the man's name as Ibrahim Samaha.

 

EgyptAir hijack drama ends - 'Suicide belt' man arrested, passengers freed

 

Egypt's civil aviation minister Sharif Fathi, said at a press conference that there has been confusion over the identity of the hijacker, after government officials gave the man's name as Ibrahim Samaha.

However, this was later retracted, with the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs naming him as Seif Eldin Mustafa - and the Egyptian government issuing an apology.

 

Cyprus, Mar 29 (agencies) : The hostage situation on the tarmac came to a dramatic end just before 1pm as one of the pilots was seen struggling with someone inside cockpit before jumping out of a window, moments before authorities arrested Mustafa.

Alexandros Zenon, the permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, did not immediately have more details on the arrest, which ended a five-hours-long drama at the Larnaca airport.

Earlier, seven more people - presumed to be the last of the crew and 'foreign' passengers who had remained with the hijacker onboard - were seen leaving the plane.

His arrest followed a comment by an Egyptian Foreign Ministry official, who said: 'He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren't stupid. This guy is.'

Cyprus police have evacuated a stretch of beach near the tarmac, as at least four more people were allowed to leave the plane shortly after midday, with one man seen climbing out of the cockpit
Terrified passengers run away from hijacked EgyptAir plane



A picture from the tarmac shows the moment the attacker hands over a four-page letter intended for his ex-wife, as a female airport official stands with her head in her hands.

While initially not making any demands beyond his ex-wife and asylum, the hijacker reportedly asked for the release of female prisoners in Egypt, the Cyprus state broadcaster reported.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters the incident appeared to be motivated by personal reasons and 'is not terrorism-related'

Asked about reports that the hijacker had demanded to see a Cypriot woman, Anastasiades laughed and said: 'Always there is a woman.'

Police spokeswoman Nicoletta Tirimou said the letter handed to officials is written in Arabic, and is being translated, adding that the man's ex-lover had arrived at the airport and that the couple had children.

Egypt's civil aviation minister Sharif Fathi, said at a press conference that there has been confusion over the identity of the hijacker, after government officials gave the man's name as Ibrahim Samaha.
However, this was later retracted, with the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs naming him as Seif Eldin Mustafa - and the Egyptian government issuing an apology.

EgyptAir MS181, carrying 62 people, including eight Brits and ten Americans, was en-route from Alexandria to Cairo when it was hijacked, forcing it to land on Cyprus.

Negotiations with the hijacker during the morningt resulted in the release of a majority of the hostages, except for the crew and four foreigners, EgyptAir said.

The hijacking of the plane, carrying 55 passengers and a crew of seven, was confirmed by EgyptAir on Twitter at 7.40am GMT.

Flight MS181 took off from the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria en route to Cairo with at least 55 passengers, including 26 foreigners, and a seven-member crew.

Earlier news

Hijacker is not a terrorist, he is an idiot : Egyptian govt

Cairo, Mar 29 (Agencies) : The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has rubbished claims that the hijacking is an act of terrorism, stating: 'Terrorists are crazy but they aren't stupid - this guy is'.

Airport officials are onboard the plane and have yet to find any explosives, as Samaha's ex-wife is said to be making her way to Larnaca.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement : 'He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren't stupid. This guy is,' according to journalist Ruth Michaelson.

Egyptian media reports that Samaha has dual US-Egyptian citizenship, and is a professor of veterinary medicine at Alexandria University who has taught in America.

According to an Alexandria University staff website, his full name is Ibrahim Abdel Tawab Samaha, and his specialises in health food control of milk and dairy products.

 

Man wearing suicide vest hijacks EgyptAir, lands in Cyprus

 

Cairo, Mar 29 (Sources): The man holding 11 people, including four 'foreigners', hostage on an Egyptian passenger jet at a Cypriot airport after hijacking the plane with a suicide vest is demanding to give a letter to his ex.

Ibrahim Samaha, 27, has asked negotiators for political asylum - and to be able to give a letter to his Cypriot ex-wife, local state television reports.

EgyptAir MS181, carrying 62 people, including eight Brits and ten Americans, was en-route from Alexandria to Cairo when it was hijacked, forcing it to land at Larnaca airport, Cyprus.

Negotiations with the hijacker has since resulted in the release of a majority of the hostages, except for the crew and four foreigners, EgyptAir said.  

The hijacking of the plane, carrying 55 passengers and a crew of seven, was confirmed by EgyptAir on Twitter at 7.40am GMT.

The plane diverted to Cyprus after a man on the flight threatened to detonate a belt or a vest containing explosives, Egypt's civil aviation authority said.

This picture reportedly show hijacker Ibrahim Samaha, 27, has asked negotiators for political asylum - and to be able to give a letter to his Cypriot ex-wife, local state television reports



An official boards a hijacked Egyptair A320 Airbus at Larnaca Airport in , Cyprus, to negotiate with the hijacker, who has since been identified as Ibrahim Samaha







Egyptian newsite Youm7 is reporting that the attacker told the pilot to fly to Turkey but was told they did not have enough fuel.

Emergency landing: The Egypt Air jet was en-route from Alexandria to Cairo when it was reportedly hijacked

Hijackers demanded that authorities leave the runway 'in order to release women and children 
passengers', former EU Commissioner for Education, Androulla Vassiliou, tweeted.

One armed hijacker took control of the Airbus A320 at 8.30am (6.30am GMT), police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.

The hijacking occurred in Cyprus's flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca, where the plane currently sits on the runway.

Questions have been raised as to how the hijacker was able to embark on the plane wearing the suicide vest.

Egyptian authorities promised to tighten airport security in the wake of the downing of a Russian Metrojet airplane in October last year, where all 224 passengers died.

Investigations later found that explosives had been smuggled onto the Airbus A321-231, most likely at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, Egypt, before take-off.

Comment on this article

  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Mar 30 2016

    John, Dubai
    You have awarded the highest praises for a woman. Finally, we live, earn and achieve also because of a woman.
    "No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed."
    Godfrey Winn

    If I am allowed define in my words:

    For every success or disaster of a man there is a woman behind.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Wed, Mar 30 2016

    A Dummy ISIS....so his Belt..!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 30 2016

    INTERNATIONAL FAKE ...

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  • john, mangalore/dubai

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    in this present world problem starts from a woman, through a woman, for a woman and because of a woman.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/NEW YORK,USA.

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Thank our Almighty God that there were no deaths, injuries or damage to the aircraft but only the idiot 'Suicide belt' man was arrested. I am surprised how he got through security check.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Fortunately this episode ended with no loss of life. It is unlikely that he was wearing a bomb vest or it would have shown up on the scanner but whatever he was wearing should have been detected. Security is lax at many airports, they never seem to learn in these backward countries.

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  • Kusuma KLumari G Chitti Nellore , Kodyadka

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Just show how scared people are of terrorists He was a mentally disturbed man in a strained relationship with a woman, He probably used the fear world has about terrorists and created a havoc. He disturbed the whle air travel scenario in Cyprus. What damage he did in the end> Sad incidence indeed Feels sorry for the Crew Passengers and the airliner.Its time that each air liner has armed police men to handle hooligans like this

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  • mohammed, padubidri

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    This is "Crack Jack"

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  • Hussain, Abudhabi

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Bhadka huwa aashiq hamesha khatarnak hota hai :p

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Dunda Pahad
    Nikla Chuha ...

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  • gm, mlur

    Wed, Mar 30 2016

    Khodha pahad
    nikla chua....

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  • G Z T Kunte, Udupi

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    All idiots are not Terrorists, but all Terrorists are idiots.
    Never under estimate the power of idiots .... when they are in big number. They can even run the govt as in India.

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    ..Terrorists are Idiots..otherwise how can people leave poor families, back pack to SYRIA/IRAQ thinking its a short cut to reach Heaven!!!..

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  • Mohammed Ilyas Byndoor/Dubai.U.A.E, Byndoor/Dubai.U.A.E

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    More than 3 Idiots.,

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    "Man wearing suicide vest hijacks EgyptAir,"

    surprise!!! then why such a type of "vest" not detecting in scanner while he was in airport or emigration counter on board???

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    His suicide belt may be like Mr India movie

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Perhaps the authorities and security people at the airport are the bigger idiots.

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  • Mohammed, Bajpe/Riyadh

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    I have been to Cairo Airport couple of times, and its a mess, mind you, it reminds you of our previous Mlore domestic airport , with only one scanner machine for all and very crowded. Perhaps his hand baggage may have 'slipped'. Its possible, no surprises.

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  • shankar, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    As soon as the crisis is over, just shoot him in the head.

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Skyjack,Hijack,Seajack,Landjack,
    Ibrahim Jack of all Jacks,
    Asylum Seeking is one eyed Jack,
    To be granted by Master of all Jacks

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Dear Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady,

    I like FruitJack (Jack Fruit)Plentifully available in the Twin districts.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    To give a letter to his 'Ex' he hijacked..aa?
    Just imagine....!! The whole world is full of 'Ex's' only...!(Every lovely female O.k...every female is a 'Ex'...only she does not
    know it, or knowingly does not show it!)So if all 'ditched' boys or men...wanted to give a 'letter' this way to their Ex's(!) the airline industry would be in utter chaos...!!!
    Look at the power of girls, women, ladies...and they are called 'Abales'(In Kannada) Weak in English!!
    If this 'Abalaa' what is Sabalaa??

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    First security lapse in Egypt Air port was Russian plane bombed.

    This is the second security lapse in Egypt Air port.

    Egypt has not learned lessons.
    Airport Security insiders gave hand to commit crime.

    There is not a good terrorist nor a bad terrorist.

    TERRORIST IS A TERRORIST.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Idiot Ki Koyee Kami Nahi.
    Ek Duno Hajar Milege.

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  • santoshprabhu, india

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    December 20, 1978 Devendra Nath Pandey and Bhola Nath Pandey hijacked Indian Airlines flight IC-410. They demanded the immediate release of Indian National Congress party leader Indira Gandhi who was imprisoned at that time on the charges of fraud and misconduct. Later, they were awarded with party tickets for this act by the Indira Gandhi government in 1980 such that Devendra Nath Pandey rose to become a minister in the government of most populous state of India, Uttar Pradesh. This case was also mentioned by Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale to justify his claim regarding the hypocrisy of the Indian government

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Egypt paying for the support to ISIS .. the same as PAK today is suffering ..SAAP ko DUDH doge te ek din tumhe hi dasega

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  • Santosh,K, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Second time that aviation security failure from Egypt. last time Russian flight drowned, where all 224 passengers died. This Terrorist showing mercy on passengers.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    This is nothing..o.k.
    When in school, I remember, my very influential 'Christian'(!), yes you read it right, hijacked a plane , Indian Airliner in the then Bangalore Airport...
    really...Everybody was tense!!!
    Then came the very influential and rich man's demand...That Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor should come to receive him..!!!
    Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    Sath yaa !!!
    You can check the records!!! Late 70's!!
    Name you want...aa?
    You don't believe me...One of the few speaking 'truth' in these times aa?
    What to do??
    It happened ..o.k?
    Now what is this chap's request???
    Not film star's aa? ex aa??

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    'Christian neighbor'...please read as...

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  • Marwin, Moodubelle/dubai

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Bandarkar maam,thumi kesle kesle ulaithath marre, migle kelna mu...

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Thumkaa kolunk masth asaa...
    pehlen shikunk sooru karaa..
    " migle kelna malyaar kaalen"?
    Kelen naa gee?
    Itlo dees kaheen aaloo??

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  • Khali, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Bhandarkar eer daane Mulu..!!
    Yan moole..!! undu ragale ejji bayig battina pathernda aand..!!!

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  • Dr S Kamath, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    This Ibrahim appears to be a psycho
    Now he has some personal demand of political asylum .Authorities will say yes ok agreed and then he will release all those held hostage .Immediately after the drama is over this Ibrahim will be caught and sent to jail.
    And then there may be some of his sympathisers who will blame Cyprian or Egyptian Authorities for not fulfilling his wishes .There may be some political people who will say Ibrahim has been cheated.
    This is one of the heinous crime please dont say he is good. He should be dealt with strict punishment

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    He seems to be a crack pot, wearing fake belt and shouting BOMB... BOMB... Because, all he asks for is political asylum, not to hand over of Israeli PM or US President...

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    A man enters the flight with suicide vest jacket!!!It seems authorities in Egypt a soft corner attitude to these terrorists !!!

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  • Vicky D, Dubai

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    We always say 'a Good terrorist is a dead terrorist', but in this case, he is kind enough to release majority of passengers.

    Hopefully God will give him strength to release rest of the passengers & surrender himself to authority..

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    A complete security failure or else a false drama?

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  • V V , BAJPE/BAHRAIN

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Dont know where the world is going!!!! It is time to stand against all these negative, evil elements.
    It is really saddening to know that one flight is hijacked and many innocent lives are under threat!!!!
    God Save them......

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  • Hussain, Abudhabi

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    Clearly authorities are involved in this...Just hope all return safe

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    There was earlier incident involving a Russian passenger plane that was brought down by a bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on 31 October, killing all 224 people on board.
    Now the Aircraft being hijacked to Cyprus.
    Such incidents give reasons to assume that there is laxity in security arrangements or some insiders’ foul play to bypass the metal detectors etc.
    Terrorism and terrorist are making best use of their brains to target their victims or soft targets throughout the world to spread shock waves in the minds of administrators and security agents to great extent.

    Just compare security arrangements in Mangalore Airport. That's a must.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Tue, Mar 29 2016

    How can an armed man be among the passengers while we common people cannot take a safety pin or a nail cutter in our accompanied baggage ? Didn't the metal detectors beep when they passed through ?

    People go to any extent, risking their own life and if succeeded, in passing through all detection points, of risking others' life.

    Negotiations will depend on knowing who is among the passengers.

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