No Armenians on board the hijacked Egyptian airliner

There are no citizens of the Republic of Armenia or ethnic Armenians on board the hijacked Egyptian airliner, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports, quoting the Armenian Embassy in Cairo.

The Embassy closely follows the developments and will provide additional reports.

Most of the passengers on board a hijacked Egyptian airliner that was forced to divert to Cyprus have been freed, the airline says.

EgyptAir Flight MS181 was taken over after a passenger said he was wearing an explosives belt.

EgyptAir said negotiations at Larnaca airport had resulted in the release of all those on board, apart from the crew and four foreign passengers.

Latest reports from Cypriot media suggest there is just one hijacker who was motivated by “personal reasons” – his ex-wife is said to live in Cyprus – and may be seeking asylum, although this has not been confirmed.

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