The man responsible for the hijacking of Egyptian airline and forcing it to land in Cyprus has been arrested.
The suspect was identified by Cypriot and Egyptian officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa.
The man was living in Cyprus and gave his reason for hijacking the plane was to demand for the release of female prisoners in Egypt and also to talk to his former wife.
The ex-wife visited the airport and convinced the man to surrender sources say.
“It’s over,” the Cypriot Foreign Ministry announced at 2:41 p.m., after a standoff that lasted more than five hours.
Most of the people on board were released after the flight was diverted en route to Cairo from Alexandria.
The plane stayed on the airport tarmac in Cyprus with the hijacker and seven other people still on board.
The suicide belt the hijacker was wearing turned out to be fake, for some passengers they enjoyed the moment even taking selfies with their former captor.
They were eventually freed while others escaped, in one case, by leaping from a cockpit window afterward, the hijacker surrendered and was arrested by Cypriot police.