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Officials investigating motives behind #EgyptAir plane hijacking

Authorities are investigating the motives behind the hijacking of an Egypt Air plane on Tuesday morning.

The Cypriot Foreign Ministry have identified the hijacker as Seif El Din Mustafa.

UPDATE: Plane hijacker has been arrested.

The hijacked passenger airliner had over 60 passengers on board and landed at Larnaca airport in Cyprus.

According to EWN's Paula Slier, reports suggest that the hijacking was personally motivated.

It seems as if it was a personal motivation rather than him belonging to any terrorist group or act. He has an ex-wife who lives in Cyprus and eyewitnesses say he threw a letter outside the plane and later asked for that letter to be given to his ex-wife.

Paula Slier, EWN Middle East Correspondent

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

According to EWN's Gia Niccolaides, two South African-based priests were on board the Egypt Air plane.


This article first appeared on 702 : Officials investigating motives behind #EgyptAir plane hijacking


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