No explosives found on EgyptAir hijacker or on plane, says Cyprus police

A man, right, believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir Airbus A-320, surrenders to security forces after a six-hour standoff at Larnaca airport on Tuesday.

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Searches by Cyprus police found no explosives on the hijacker of an EgyptAir plane diverted to the island or inside the aircraft, a police source told AFP.

The hijacker, who is in custody after surrendering to police following a six-hour standoff at Larnaca airport, had claimed to be wearing an explosives belt, Egyptian officials said.

Counter-terrorism police frisked the hijacker on the tarmac then interrogated him for more than an hour before boarding the plane and searching it with sniffer dogs.