Egypt Air hijacker reportedly 'did it for his ex-wife'

Published March 29th, 2016 - 09:51 GMT
An Egypt Air plane in Sept. 2015. (photo: AFP/Getty)
An Egypt Air plane in Sept. 2015. (photo: AFP/Getty)

Officials said the man who hijacked an Egypt Air flight from Alexandria to Cairo early Tuesday morning did it for his ex-wife, according to multiple reports. 

The hijacker forced the plane to land in Cyprus. He was reported to have been carrying an explosive belt, and he took a number of hostages before demanding to negotiators that he wanted to see his ex-wife, officials said.

 

"He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren't stupid," said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in a statement, according to The Daily Mail

Cypriot officials in Larnaca said the man's ex-wife had been summoned to the airport to talk with the love-sick criminal. 

 


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