Earlier, we reported that a Cairo bound passenger plane was hijacked midair by an Egyptian man,who had on a suicide vest forcing the plane to land in Cyprus.
New reports from Egyptair has emerged revealing that all persons aboard the plane except four foreigners and crew, have been released upon landing at Larnaca airport.
According to security sources, the hijacker’s motive was personal as all he kept asking was for his wife who lived in Cyprus to be contacted.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters:
It is not something which has to do with terrorism,
He was further asked if a woman was involved he said :
There is always a woman involved.
There is however a little debate on the true identity of the hijacker . Egyptian state media named him as Ibrahim Samaha, an Egyptian, but gave no other details about him but,a deputy dean at Alexandria University, Gamal al-Omrawi, refuted this saying Samaha was a passenger on the plane and not the hijacker. He added that he had earlier spoken to Samaha, by phone who confirmed that he was one of the passengers who was released.
According to the Dutch Foreign Ministry, a Dutchman was among the foreigners still aboard the aircraft.
Larnaca airport, was in the news back in 1988, after a Kuwaiti plane hijacked from Bangkok in a 16-days siege, made a stop over at Larnaca airport killing two of its hostages.