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Man’s mo­ti­va­tion re­mains un­clear

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A man wear­ing a fake ex­plo­sives belt who hi­jacked a do­mes­tic Egyp­tAir flight and forced it to land in Cyprus last night sur­ren­dered and was taken into cus­tody af­ter re­leas­ing all pas­sen­gers and crew un­harmed fol­low­ing an hours-long stand­off.

Of­fi­cials said early on that the hi­jack­ing was not an act of ter­ror­ism, and later that the man ap­peared to be psy­cho­log­i­cally un­sta­ble.

How­ever, the in­ci­dent was likely to re­new con­cerns about Egyp­tian air­port se­cu­rity months af­ter a Rus­sian pas­sen­ger plane was downed over the Si­nai Penin­sula in a bomb­ing claimed by ISIS.

“From the start, it was clear that this wasn’t an act of ter­ror­ism, and de­spite the fact that the in­di­vid­ual ap­peared to be dan­ger­ous in terms of his be­hav­iour, we un­der­stood that this was a psy­cho­log­i­cally un­sta­ble per­son,” said Cyprus’ For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides.

He said the man ini­tially asked to speak with his Cypriot ex-wife, who police brought to the air­port.

“Af­ter that, he started ask­ing for Euro­pean Union rep­re­sen­ta­tives to as­sure him about mat­ters that had no log­i­cal ba­sis,” Ka­soulides said.

At one point the hi­jacker de­manded the re­lease of women held in Egyp­tian pris­ons, but he then dropped the de­mand and made oth­ers.

“His de­mands made no sense or were too in­co­her­ent to be taken se­ri­ously,” the min­is­ter said, adding that the con­tents of a let­ter the hi­jacker wanted to give to his ex-wife “were also in­co­her­ent.”

Egypt’s of­fi­cial Mid­dle East News Agency iden­ti­fied the hi­jacker as Seifedeen Mustafa, with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails. Police were ques­tion­ing the hi­jacker's rel­a­tives, said Sharif Faisal, the police chief for the sub­urb of Hel­wan.

Schoolchil­dren play mu­sic to en­ter­tain and in­spire peo­ple on their way home from work in Py­ongyang, North Korea. The coun­try has called a 70-day loy­alty drive ahead of a ma­jor congress of the rul­ing party sched­uled for early May and ev­ery­one from stu­dents to coal min­ers have been mo­bilised na­tion­wide to demon­strate their de­vo­tion to the lead­er­ship.

STATE­MENT: Egypt’s Sharif Fathi

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