'He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot': EgyptAir hijacker demands four-page letter be delivered to ex-wife

By Kirstin Buick
29 March 2016

A man who "officially hijacked" a domestic EgyptAir flight and forced the plane to land in Cyprus is said to have demanded a letter be delivered to his ex-wife.

A stock photo of an EgyptAir Boeing 737. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons A stock photo of an EgyptAir Boeing 737. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

The man, identified as Egyptian army officer Seif Eldin Mustafa, was reportedly arrested after holding several people hostage on the plane. "Its over," The Cyprus Foreign Ministry tweeted. "The #hijacker arrested. #LarnacaAirport # Egyptair" Read more: EgyptAir flight hijacked with 81 passengers on board

This after the man held some "foreign" passengers and crew members hostage on the grounded plane for hours. He allowed the other passengers to disembark after landing at Larnaca airport, but kept the crew and a handful of "foreigners" on board. Images from Cypriot TV have shown someone jumping from an open cockpit window and running away.

Mustafa, who claimed to be wearing explosives, reportedly demanded a letter be delivered to his Cypriot ex-wife. According to The Guardian's Helena Smith, the letter, which contains a demand for the release of four female prisoners in Egypt, was translated and given to the man's former spouse.

"He is not a terrorist, he’s an idiot," an Egyptian Foreign Ministry official reportedly told The Guardian. "Terrorists are crazy, but they are not stupid. This guy is."

The ministry later denied having said this to the UK publication.

Images of a man wearing a suicide vest in what appears to be an aeroplane bathroom have been circulated on social media.


Sources: The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Mirror

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