Plane hijack crisis ends, hijackers arrested in Malta  
December 23rd, 2016 at 9:31 pm
Plane hijack crisis ends, hijackers arrested in Malta  

International desk – The crisis over hijacking of Libyan domestic flight ended after the suspected hijackers were arrested in Malta following the releases of passengers and crew members.

The domestic flight with 118 people on board was hijacked in the morning after taking off from Sabha, bound for the Libyan capital Tripoli.

They surrendered after most of the 118 people on board had been released from the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320.

It remains unclear exactly how many hijackers were involved.

However, it appears they may be supporters of the late former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, according to BBC.

At least one man claiming to have a hand grenade threatened to blow up the plane, according to local reports.

Initial information suggested the hijackers were trying to claim political asylum in Malta, the mayor of Sabha, Colonel Hamed al-Khayali, told the BBC.

A man was seen waving a green, Gaddafi-era flag from the plane.

A Libyan television station which says it interviewed a hijacker said he wanted to promote a new pro-Gaddafi party.