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EgyptAir plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers freed

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CYPRUS – A man strapped with explosives, hijacked an EgyptAir plane on a flight in the middle of Alexandria and Cairo on Tuesday and forced it to land in Cyprus, Egyptian authorities said.

After the plane landed at Larnaca airplane terminal, the hijacker released all the passengers of hijacked EgyptAir flight MS 181, except four foreigners and cabin crew, have been freed, Egypt Air said.

According to the official statement released by EgyptAir, the hijacker of Airbus A320 have freed all passengers, however they didn’t didn’t allow four foreigners and cabin crew to leave the plane.

“Negotiations with hijacker resulted in the release of all the passengers of the Egypt plane except cabin crew and four foreigners,” said the official statement. According to reports, the hijacker has been identified as Ibrahim Samaha.

EgyptAir flight MS 181 was hijacked by unknown persons and forced to land in at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus at 8:50 am. The flight had taken off from Alexandria and was supposed to land in Cairo. There were 81 people onboard.

According to reports, the pilot of the Airbus A320 was threatened with suicide belt and asked to divert the plane to Cyprus.

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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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