An EgyptAir airliner has been hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport on the south coast of Cyprus.

Flight MS181, an Airbus A320 carrying 81 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo,was taken over by at least one hijacker.

A passenger who said he was wearing a suicide belt ordered the flight crew to divert to Cyprus, EgyptAir said.

Cypriot police said those in control of the aircraft had made no immediate demands after it landed.

Larnaca airport has been closed and scheduled flights diverted elsewhere.


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