Hijacking Libyan aircraft ends without bloodshed

Hijacking Libyan aircraft ends without bloodshed

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The hijacking of a Libyan airplane on Friday ended after the hijackers surrendered and were detained. This confirms the Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat. All passengers and crew were brought to safety.

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The hijackers according to a Maltese minister let us know asylum. Or the country this effect is not clear. They threatened the unit to blow up if the demands were not met.

The aircraft of Afriqiyah Airway was over Libya hijacked and had to flee to Malta. It is going to be an Airbus A320 with 118 people on board. Muscat says that, in total, 82 men, 28 women and one child were on board.

The plane would of Sabha in southwestern Libya to the capital Tripoli fly. The island of Malta, located some 500 kilometres from the Libyan coast.

After the landing and encircled Maltese security forces of the unit.

Hand grenade

The captors had a hand grenade and a gun. After the end of the hijacking was the plane a second gun found.

All flights from and to Malta for an indefinite period of time suspended.

The president of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro, called on the inhabitants to stay calm.

Passengers leave Libyan aircraft after hijacking


The hijackers would supporters of the former Libyan leader Muammar Kaddafi. There is currently in Libya, a fierce power struggle going on.

One of the hijackers said before he fell against a Libyan tv station: “We have these measures been taken to our new party to promote.” He described that party as “pro-Kaddafi”.

The former dictator Kaddafi was in 2011 during a popular uprising killed.

Last hijacking

The last time that over Malta aircraft was hijacked, it was in november 1985. Then it was a Boeing 737 (EgyptAir forced to land on the island.

The hijacking lasted a day and ended up in a massacre. Egyptian commandos stormed the unit; in the shooting that followed were 62 people to life. Only one of the three hijackers survived the assault.

Hijacked plane lands in Malta

A number of hostage-taking comes from the aircraft A picture taken on December 23, 2016 in Valletta, Malta, shows a group of hostages being of Afriqiyah Airways.

It was a domestic flight in Libya, the hijackers had to flee to Malta.

All passengers have since been released.

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