EgyptAir Hijack, Hijacker releases most passengers

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The hijacker of a domestic EgyptAir flight MS181 has released the majority of those on board, except four foreigners and seven crew.

The flight from Burg Al-Arab airport to Cairo landed in Larnaca, Cyprus. The Airbus 320 was carrying 81 passengers and seven crew members, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement.

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Reports from Cypriot media suggest there is just one hijacker, who claims he was wearing a suicide belt, was motivated by “personal reasons” and may be seeking asylum.

Negotiations are still ongoing to secure the release of remaining hostages according to EgyptAir.

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