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Malta: Hostage-takers surrender from hijacked Libyan plane

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Malta: Hostage-takers surrender from hijacked Libyan plane

<p>Hijackers who forced a domestic Libyan flight to land in Malta on Friday have surrendered, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said.</p> <p>The hostage-takers have been searched and taken into custody, he tweeted.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hijackers surrendered, searched and taken in custody.</p>— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) <a href="https://twitter.com/JosephMuscat_JM/status/812307815821873152">23 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>It follows the release of all passengers on board the Libyan state-owned Afriqiyah Airways plane, said to be carrying 118 passengers and crew.</p> <p>It was on an internal flight from Sebha in the southwest of Libya to Tripoli when it was hijacked on Friday.</p> <p>Maltese media reported that two hostage takers had threatened to blow up the Airbus A320.</p> <p>The Times of Malta reported earlier that a hijacker told crew that he was“pro-Gaddafi”. The exact demands of the hijackers are still unclear.</p> <p>Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising in 2011, and the country has been racked by factional violence since.</p> <p>The tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is about 500 km north of the Libyan coast.</p>