No explosives on EgyptAir hijacker or on plane

2016-03-29 17:20
A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir plane which was diverted to Cyprus, leaves the plane before surrendering to security forces. (George Michael, AFP)

A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir plane which was diverted to Cyprus, leaves the plane before surrendering to security forces. (George Michael, AFP)

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Larnaca - Searches by Cyprus police found no explosives on the hijacker of an EgyptAir plane diverted to the island or inside the aircraft, a police source told AFP.

The hijacker, who is in custody after surrendering to police following a six-hour stand-off at Larnaca airport, had claimed to be wearing an explosives belt, Egyptian officials said.

Counter-terrorism police frisked the hijacker on the tarmac then interrogated him for more than an hour before boarding the plane and searching it with sniffer dogs.

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