|An Egypt Air Airbus A-320 sits on the tarmac of Larnaca aiport after it was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on March 29, 2016. / AFP / STR|
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 estranged wife lives in the village of Oroklini not far from the airport, the source told AFP.
Meanwhile, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said the hijacking of the plane to Cyprus on Tuesday is not related to terrorism,
“The hijacking is not terrorism-related,” he told a joint news conference with the visiting president of the European Parliament Martin Schultz.
Anastasiades said the Cyprus government had done everything it could to ensure the safe release of the passengers, most of whom were reported to have been set free.
FOX NEWS ALERT: #EgyptAir plane hijacked, hijacker reportedly wearing bomb belthttps://t.co/pJOrsYj4KA— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) March 29, 2016
Here's what we know about the #EgyptAir hijacking: https://t.co/orwQRl7tzd WATCH live: https://t.co/Tk64moV9b1 https://t.co/QYEVQ0D0fE— New Day (@NewDay) March 29, 2016
An EGYPTAIR official declared that 3 passengers, the pilot, co-pilot and 3 cabin crew members in addition to the hijacker are still onboard.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
The Minister of Civil Aviation has declared in a statement during the press conference held today at the Ministry headquarter— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
that an aircraft is heading from Cairo Airport at 12:30 CLT to Larnaca for the return of the passenger.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
This is according to the available information at this time.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016