BREAKING: Hostage Standoff Is Over...EgyptAir Hijacker Is In Custody... All Hostages Are Free and Safe [WATCH VIDEO]

This image which has been shared widely on social media reportedly shows Seif Eldin Mustafa wearing his 'suicide belt' on the hijacked EgyptAir plane
The siege is over...Seif Eldin Mustafa, hijacker of the Egyptian plane, Egyptair MS 181, has been arrested, Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed. The hijacker of an EgyptAir plane diverted to Cyprus has an estranged Cypriot wife he has demanded to see and who is being brought to Larnaca airport, a government source said.

The hijacker, Ibrahim Abdel Tawwab Samaha, is a professor of veterinary medicine at Alexandria University, where he is Samaha is the head of the department of food health, a staff list on the university website shows, a Reuters report says on Tuesday.

The hijacker, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa has asked negotiators at Larnaca airport for political asylum - and demanded to see his Cypriot ex-wife
The estranged wife lives in the village of Oroklini not far from the airport, the source told AFP. A picture from the tarmac shows the moment the attacker hands over a four-page letter intended for his ex-wife, as a female airport official stands with her head in her hands.

Airport officials are onboard the plane and have yet to find any explosives, as seven people remain with the hijacker; four crew and three passengers.

This image shows the moment Seif Eldin Mustafa hands over the letter intended for his ex-wife, as a female airport offical stands with her head in her hands

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters the incident appeared to be motivated by personal reasons and 'is not terrorism-related' Asked about reports that the hijacker had demanded to see a Cypriot woman, Anastasiades laughed and said: "Always there is a woman."

Police spokeswoman Nicoletta Tirimou said the letter handed to officials is written in Arabic, and is being translated, adding that the man's ex-lover had arrived at the airport and that the couple had children. 

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