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British man's selfie with EgyptAir hijacker goes viral setting Twitter ablaze
What do you do when your plane is hijacked and the hijacker is wearing a bomb vest? a. Run, b. Scream, c. Take a selfie? It seems that 26-year old Briton Bejamin Innes went with the option c.

Innes who hails from Leeds but lives in Aberdeen, was held hostage along with 56 passengers on EgyptAir flight MS181, which was on its way from Alexandria to Cairo. The selfie taken by the 26-year old Briton with the hijacker Seif El Din Mustafa went viral on social media setting Twitter ablaze.

It was later found out that Mustafa had personal reasons for hijacking the flight linked to his ex-wife who is of Greek-Cypriot decent and lives in Larnaca. Mustafa, who had threatened that he was armed with explosive had the flight diverted to Larnaca in southern Cyprus.

Innes is seen with Mustafa in the selfie, which was posted on Twitter by Innes with a message: "You know your boy doesn't f*** about. Turn on the news lad!!!"

One of his friend replied: "Is that a bomb attached to the guys chest? You ok? Let us know when you get off."

As per a report from Daily Mail, Innes is believed to have approached the hijacker while he was being held hostage at the tarmac and took the selfie and later shared it with his friends and one of his flatmate.

Chris Tundogan, a friend of Innes' told MailOnline, "I have no idea why he took the selfie but I imagine he probably volunteered to take it as he's no afraid to shy away from anything."

Twitter went wild over the photo with the hijacker with most people lauding the bravery of the Briton for taking a daring selfie.

Later, the Cyprus foreign ministry announced that the hijacker who had taken control of the Airbus A320 had been arrested. One Egyptian officer had dubbed the hijacker as "mentally unstable". After landing in Cyprus the hijacker freed most of the hostages, holding back just four crew members and three passengers.

While the negotiations with the hijacker were underway all seven hostages managed to escape. While six of them managed to escape through the step ladder, the seventh one hurled himself out of the cockpit window.



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