Libya passenger aircraft with 118 on board hijacked

A Libyan aircraft with 118 people on board has been hijacked and diverted to Malta by two men claiming to have hand grenades who threatened to blow up the aircraft unless their demands were met.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in all 109 passengers had been released by Friday evening, which would leave only two passengers, possibly the hijackers themselves. Seven crew members were also on board the flight.

One of the hijackers told the flight crew of the Afriqiyah Airways plane that he was “pro-Gaddafi”. Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising in 2011, and the country has been racked by factional violence since.

It was unclear what the demands were.

Hours after landing, people could be seen disembarking from the aircraft.

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