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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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