Libyan Plane Hijackers Arrested After Release of 118 Passengers |The Republican News

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Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report

The hijacking of a Libyan plane ended peacefully after the men who seized control surrendered in Malta.

The domestic flight with 118 people on board was hijacked early Friday morning after taking off from Sabha and bound for the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Instead, the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 was diverted to Malta International Airport.

It appears the two hijackers are supporters of Libya’s late deposed leader, Muammar Gaddafi, the BBC reported.

Pictures of them kneeling on the tarmac with their hands up appear to show the moment they were arrested by the Maltese authorities.

All the passengers, including one child, and a number of the crew had already been released.

Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, initially said that the men had been armed with pistols and a grenade, but later tweeted that the weapons appeared to be replicas. (

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