EgyptAir plane hijacked, bomb suspected on board

Negotiations with the hijacker result in the release of all the passengers, except the crew and four foreigners.

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An EgyptAir domestic flight travelling from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and landed in Cyprus, the state radio announced.

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation reported that 55 people were on board, with a crew of seven. There were earlier reports of about 80 to 81 people being on board.

A Cypriot government official says the hijacked plane landed on Tuesday morning at the airport in Larnaka and that there are suspicions of a bomb on board.

air-new_032916125607.jpg The police has been asked to stay away from the aircraft. 

A second Cypriot official says there "seems like there's more than one hijacker." He says there have been no demands other than that police vehicles move away from the aircraft.

At least one man was thought to be strapped with explosives. Police has been asked to back away from aircraft. The hijacking occurred in Cyprus's flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca.

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