British Hostage Takes Cheeky Photo With EgyptAir Hijacker

Ben Innes was pictured with a grin on his face next to ‘bomb belt’ wearing Seif Eldin Mustafa.

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The hijacker (left) and a hostage (right). (Photo: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/Journo_Paul">@Journo_Paul</a>)

A 26-year-old Briton has people losing their minds over his overtly-excited photo with the MS 181 EgyptAir hijacker Seif Eldin-Mustafa.

Benjamin Innes, originally from Leeds, lives in Aberdeen. He was among the 56 people who was held hostage in the alleged ‘lovers quarrel’ hijack. Mustafa had rerouted the flight from Alexandria to Cyprus instead of its final destination Cairo.

It seems Mustafa had hijacked the plane for personal motives related to his ex-wife who is a Greek-Cypriot living in Larnaca. Officials believed he was armed with explosives but the bomb was later found to be fake.

Innes, seen in the selfie with Mustafa, posed it to his friends on Twitter with a message:

You know your boy doesn’t f*** about. Turn on the news lad!!!

A friend replied:

Is that a bomb attached to the guys chest? You ok? Let us know when you get off.

According to The Daily Mail, Innes is believed to have approached Mustafa while being held hostage on the tarmac and sent the photo to one of his flatmates as well as other friends.

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.
Chris Tundogan, Innes’ friend

The social media went wild over the photo with the hijacker and several Twitter users lauded the British man for the daring ‘selfie.’

Cyprus officials who had held intense negotiations with the man said he would be interrogated at length. One Egyptian officer dubbed him “mentally unstable”.

Why did You Do It?

Innes, one of eight Britons on board the MS 181 spoke to The Sun about his intent.

I’m not sure why I did it, I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity. I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway, so took a chance to get a closer look at it. I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him. He just shrugged OK, so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever.

Innes, a health and safety inspector was pardoned off by his friends and family saying Innes is very much in character based on this photo.

After about half an hour at Larnaca I asked for a photo with him as we were sitting around waiting. I thought, why not? If he blows us all up it won’t matter anyway.

Mustafa finally let everyone off the plane and surrendered. His motives still remain unclear, but interrogations are underway.

(With inputs from IANS)

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