Friday, December 23, 2016

UPDATE: All Passengers In Hijacked Libyan Plane Freed

Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, has confirmed that all passengers have been released from a hijacked Libyan plane in Malta, the Maltese state broadcaster reports.

There are 111 passengers and seven crew members (118) on board the Afriqiyah Airways A320 jet that was on an internal flight from Sebha to Tripoli in Libya, but was forced to divert to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

PM Muscat said that the crew members were also in the process of being freed.

“Potentially, 2 hijackers and some crew members still on board aircraft,” he explained.

The first of 65 passengers released were made up of women and children. According to Muscat, the passengers included 82 men, 28 women and one infant.

Latest reports confirmed the hijackers have been taken in custody after freeing passengers and crew.

Before the release, a man appeared briefly outside the plane, waving the Gaddafi-era flag.

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