Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (R) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz holding a press conference after a meeting in the capital Nicosia.
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EgyptAir hijack: Cyprus president laughs off hijacking

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the hijacking of an EgyptAir plane that landed at Larnaca airport was not linked to terrorism.

Unconfirmed reports have suggested the lone hijacker wanted to talk to his estranged wife in Cyprus.

But others say he is demanding the release of female prisoners in Egypt.

When asked to confirm whether the incident was over a woman, Mr Anastasiades laughed and said: "Always there is a woman involved."

  • 29 Mar 2016
  • From the section Europe
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