Hijackers Threatening To Blow Up Libyan Plane


Passengers aboard a Libyan commercial flight that was hijacked and diverted to Malta on Friday by two men threatening to blow it up with hand grenades have been released. 

The flight was hijacked by two men claiming to be part of the pro-Gaddafi group Al Fatah Al Gadida.

The hijackers agreed to let the passengers go and to give up their weapons as Libyan and Maltese authorities continue negotiations with them.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed the release of the 118 passengers from the plane in a series of Tweets:

The latest update from Muscat is the following:

A video of the release can be seen below:

Earlier Friday Morning:

Authorities at the Malta airport said all emergency teams had been dispatched to the site of what it called an “unlawful interference” on the airport tarmac, Fox News reported.

Airport officials said the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 flight from Sabha, with original destination Tripoli, had 118 people on board. Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat said the flight has 111 passengers, 82 men, 28 women and an infant.

Muscat had tweeted earlier that there was a “potential hijack situation” involving a Libyan flight that was diverted to Malta and that emergency operations were standing by at the airport.

The hijackers, claiming to be pro-Gaddafi group Al Fatah Al Gadida, said they were willing to let all passengers go apart from the crew, if their demands were met.

At this time it is not known what the hijacker’s demands are, and it is still unclear whether this is an act of terrorism.

Muscat’s office has confirmed that a negotiating team is on standby and all flights into Malta International Airport have been diverted.

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