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Egyptair aircraft hijacked, lands in Cyprus: Cyprus radio

“Hijacked aircraft of Egypt Air with 82 passengers landed at Larnaca airport”

An Egyptair domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked Tuesday and landed in Cyprus, state radio revealed.

There were earlier reports of about 80 to 81 people on board; however, the number was later revised to 55 by Cypriot radio station.

At least one man was carrying a weapon. The hijacking occurred in Cyprus's flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca.

Androulla Vassiliou, the Cypriot former European Commissioner for Education, tweeted that the plane landed shortly before 7am.

“Hijacked aircraft of Egypt Air with 82 passengers landed at Larnaca airport,” she wrote. “We are anxious to learn more.”

The situation at the Larnaca airport was unclear but Ms Vassilou said hijackers claimed to be prepared to release some passengers.

“Hijackers asked all police forces to leave the area in order to release women and children passengers,” she wrote.

UPDATE: 

Cyprus broadcasting (CYBC) reported that the hijacker may have personal motives. He had an ex-wife in Cyprus, CYBC said.

"The negotiations with the hijacker have resulted in the release of all the plane passengers with the exception of the crew and five foreigners," the airline reported in a press statement, however the figure was later changed to four foreigners still being held.

The plane was identified as an Airbus 320, by Egypt's aviation ministry.

Egyptian state also media named the hijacker, Ibrahim Samaha, an Egyptian, but no more details on the terrorist were given.

Passengers on the plane included eight UK citizens and 10 Americans, three security sources at Alexandria airport said.

"It looks like at least 49 of the passengers have been freed. That is all I have to say" told reporters Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

According to emerging news, the plane was kidnapped due to a major fight the kidnapper had with his ex-wife. One may laugh in response. But what is that laughable about this claim? After all, do liberal apologists for Islamic terrorism not always make the claim that people act in violence due to psychological-societal reasons and not due to what seems as terrorism itself?  Since liberals project their fantasies on the Other, and assume any action people take was due to being personally oppressed while ignoring ideologies, different identity systems and formations, then here actually someone did act according to a personal tragedy. In other words, his actions were done as an individualized atom, not as part of a wider collective. 

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