March 29, 2016 / 10:12 AM / 3 years ago

EgyptAir hijacker asking for release of prisoners in Egypt - Cyprus media

Passengers evacuate a hijacked EgyptAir Airbus 320 plane at Larnaca airport, Cyprus, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

CAIRO (Reuters) - The hijacker of an EgyptAir airplane that was diverted to Cyprus on Tuesday has asked for the release of female prisoners in Egypt, the Cyprus state broadcaster reported.

All but seven people on board the aircraft, which was traveling from Alexandria to Cairo, have been released. The pilot had reported that the hijacker was strapped with explosives, but Egyptian authorities have not confirmed this.

Reporting by Michele Kambas, Writing by Michael Georgy, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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