Editor’s note: This post has been updated. See below.
“He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot." – actual statement from Egypt foreign ministry. #EgyptAir
— Jeff Semple (@JeffSempleGN) March 29, 2016
Egypt Air flight MS1818 was hijacked on the way from Alexandria to Cairo last night by an Egyptian man allegedly wearing a suicide belt. The plane is now in Cyprus where the hijacker has reportedly released most of the passengers and the crew:
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 29, 2016
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 29, 2016
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 29, 2016
Negotiations with the Hijacker result in the release of all the passengers, except the crew and four foreigners.
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) March 29, 2016
Egypt Air claims the hijacker isn’t a terrorist, but a love-struck idiot of some sort searching for an ex-wife:
— 7DAYSUAE (@7DAYSUAE) March 29, 2016
— Bianca Britton (@biancabritton) March 29, 2016
— Kipkemoi Gilbert (@Rono_254) March 29, 2016
An “idiot” who outsmarted Egypt’s crack airport security, however:
Hijacker is not an idiot, he outsmarted security, enjoys the attention of the world media, still controls the plane hours later. #EgyptAir
— Ahmad Salkida (@ContactSalkida) March 29, 2016
Months after the #SinaiCrash, this will raise serious questions regarding the level of security at Egyptian airports…
— Michael Horowitz (@michaelh992) March 29, 2016
No word yet if any Americans are among the 3 hostages still on the plane:
State Dept. on #EgyptAir: Closely monitoring situation and engaged with local authorities. Looking into whether U.S. citizens are involved.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 29, 2016
Earlier, the Egyptian government released the wrong name of the hijacker:
Ibrahim Samaha, identified by #Egypt state TV as the hijacker, was apparently one of the hostages.
— Leila Fadel (@LeilaFadel) March 29, 2016
And the latest is the hijacker is making new demands:
— Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) March 29, 2016
Any bets on how long the love-struck idiot description holds up?
Update 8:28 a.m.:
— Bloomberg Business (@business) March 29, 2016