Two Hijackers Have Taken Control of a Commercial Plane From Libya

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Two hijackers have taken control of a commercial plane from Libya. They’ve landed in Malta at the Malta International Airport and they’re threatening to blow up the plane.

Hijacked Libyan plane lands in Malta; hijackers claiming to be in possession of hand grenades

Libyan plane hijacked during internal flight
* Plane diverted to Malta with 118 passengers on board
* Two hijackers on board claiming to have hand grenade
* Demands not yet known
* Hijackers claiming to be pro-Gaddafi
* Plane at Malta Airport surrounded by soldier

An airliner on an internal flight in Libya was hijacked by a man claiming to have a hand grenade on Friday and diverted to Malta, where it landed with 118 people on board.


The hijacker told crew he was “pro-Gaddafi” and that he was willing to let all 111 passengers leave the Airbus A320, but not its seven crew, if his demands were met, the Times of Malta said.

It was unclear what the demands were. Some media reports said there was more than one hijacker. Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising in 2011, and the country has been racked by factional violence since.