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EgyptAir’s hijacking raises new security questions over “Egyptian airport security”


The hijacker of a domestic EgyptAir flight with 63 passengers and crew aboard surrendered at an airport in Cyprus on Tuesday. No one was harmed, and the authentic-looking suicide vest he was wearing turned out to be fake.

For almost six hours Seif Eldin Mustafa held the world in suspense after hijacking an EgyptAir plane on a short flight from Alexandria to Cairo, then diverting it across the Mediterranean to Cyprus.

Shortly afterwards Mustafa emerged from the aircraft, his hands above his head. He was quickly tackled by security officers, brought to the ground and arrested. Not long after pictures surfaced apparently depicting the Egyptian standing in the plane, his shirt wide open revealing his bulky “suicide belt”. Another image showed a passenger grimacing next to him. The Cypriot government spokesman later described the explosive belt as a fake.

Officials in Nicosia and Cairo expressed relief that the siege had ended without a shot being fired or blood being shed.

The incident renewed questions about airport security in Egypt, coming just months after a Russian commercial jet was downed after departing Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh airport, apparently by a terrorist bomb.

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Suspect Jihadists Launch Rocket Attacks at Algerian Gas Plant


The plant was operated by Statoil and BP.

Français:
BP, la ‘major’ petro-gazière britannique, confirme qu’à sa connaissance, personne n’a été blessé lors de l’attaque du site gazier d’In Salah, dans le Sud algérien, visé par des tirs de roquette aux environs de 6 heures (heure locale) ce matin. Par précaution, la principale unité industrielle du complexe a été mise à l’arrêt.
Comme celui d’In Amenas, qui a subi une prise d’otages meurtrière en janvier 2013, l’actif gazier d’In Salah est exploité par une coentreprise rassemblant la Sonatrach, la société nationale algérienne des hydrocarbures, BP et Statoil.

L’attaque a été confirmée par la compagnie norvégienne, qui évoque des « projectiles tirés de loin », et affirme que ses trois employés étaient « sains et saufs », ainsi que par BP, qui dit avoir été informé d’une attaque à la roquette qui n’a pas fait de victime.

Source: Suspect Jihadists Launch Rocket Attacks at Algerian Gas Plant