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This Man Hijacked an Egyptian Jet, But the Reason Might Surprise You

A man hijacked an EgyptAir jet, but it wasn’t an act of radical Islamic terror. It was a deranged effort to deliver a message to his estranged wife.

Sky News reports:

A hijacker strapped with fake explosives has been arrested in Cyprus after several of his hostages fled the plane. Egyptian national Seif Eldin Mustafa emerged from the aircraft with his hands aloft after a stand-off lasting eight hours. The Cypriot foreign minister tweeted: “It’s over. The #hijacker arrested.”

His surrender came minutes after a man in uniform was filmed escaping from the cockpit window. The remaining seven hostages were then seen leaving the plane in two separate groups – the latter running. All are safe. Within an hour it was established that the suicide belt the hijacker was wearing was fake.

…There were reports he had asked to see his ex-wife, who was said to live in the nearby village of Oroklini. Witnesses told state TV they saw Mustafa throw a letter on to the tarmac and demand it be delivered to his estranged wife. However, the Cypriot state broadcaster reported the hijacker wanted female prisoners in his native Egypt to be released.

Because nothing says “I love you” like holding a plane of terrified people hostage in the middle of a global war on terror.

Whatever the reason, Egypt’s foreign ministry hit the nail on the head in their statement when they wrote:

“He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot.”

We would have to agree!

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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