Hijackers of Libyan plane surrender: Maltese Prime Minister

A Libyan Airbus A320 with 118 people onboard was hijacked and diverted to Malta on Friday, all 109 passengers including women and children were later released, said Malta Prime Minister

Hijackers of Libyan plane surrender: Maltese Prime Minister

A Libyan Airbus A320 with 118 people onboard was hijacked and diverted to Malta on Friday, but all the 109  passengers including women and children were later released, said Maltese officials. But, two hijackers and some crew ares still in the plane. 










Maltese prime minister, Joseph Muscat said negotiations are going now. 
The hijackers are reported be carrying grenades and threatened to blow up the flight, added officials.

The Maltese officials said, security has been put on standby to face any emergency situation. Reacting on the plane hijack, Joseph Muscat tweeted: “Informed of potential hijack situation of a Libya internal flight diverted to Malta. Security and emergency operations standing by.”


The Maltese President, Marie-Louise Coleiro, asked everyone to remain calm to tackle the crisis, as airport authorities have declared the incident as “unlawful interference," adding that emergency teams are dispatched to resolve the hostage crisis.

However, it is not yet clear if the hijackers have come with any demand, but negotiations are reportedly going on between the hijackers and Maltese officials, according latest reports.

Quoting the deputy mayor for Lija in Malta, Madga Magri Naudi, BBC said, hijackers have not made any demands yet.

"The request has not been made. This is a problem: we do not know what their requests are at the moment," added the mayor.

Malta is situated about 350km north of Libya's capital Tripoli, and it is strategically located near Tunisia, which has been a haven for hijackers before.