Plane hijackers had fake weapons

Plane hijackers had fake weapons

World December 23, 2016 18:24

Valetta - The men in Malta Friday hijacked a Libyan airliner, had no real weapons. This appears according to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta in the first trials.

The hijacking came to an end when the men surrendered. They were arrested after they had left the plane with the last crew.

To our knowledge everyone was unharmed. In total, were in the unit of Afriqiyah Airways 118 people, including seven crew members.

Muscat told a press conference that the hijackers a hand grenade and a pistol were carrying. A second gun was found in the aircraft. But on closer inspection turned out to be fake weapons.\n  \n  \n   advertisement

The aircraft was on its way from Sabha in the southwest of Libya to the capital Tripoli when it was hijacked. The perpetrators forced pilots to fly to Malta. They threatened according to Maltese media initially inflate the device with the grenade. A hijacker waved the green flag that Libya used during the reign of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi killed in 2011.

One of the hijackers gave before he surrendered an interview to a Libyan television station. 'We have taken this action to promote our new party,' he said. Which party he described as 'pro-Gaddafi. 'The mayor of the Libyan Sabha speculated told the BBC that the hijackers want to apply for political asylum in Malta. According to Prime Minister Muscat, however, made no application for asylum to the hijackers.

After landing had Maltese security forces surrounded the aircraft. Other flights to or from the Malta International Airport were canceled or diverted.

The hijacking came to an end when the men surrendered. They were arrested after they had left the plane with the last crew.

To our knowledge everyone was unharmed. In total, were in the unit of Afriqiyah Airways 118 people, including seven crew members.

Muscat told a press conference that the hijackers a hand grenade and a pistol were carrying. A second gun was found in the aircraft. But on closer inspection turned out to be fake weapons.\n  \n  \n   advertisement

The aircraft was on its way from Sabha in the southwest of Libya to the capital Tripoli when it was hijacked. The perpetrators forced pilots to fly to Malta. They threatened according to Maltese media initially inflate the device with the grenade. A hijacker waved the green flag that Libya used during the reign of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi killed in 2011.

One of the hijackers gave before he surrendered an interview to a Libyan television station. 'We have taken this action to promote our new party,' he said. Which party he described as 'pro-Gaddafi. 'The mayor of the Libyan Sabha speculated told the BBC that the hijackers want to apply for political asylum in Malta. According to Prime Minister Muscat, however, made no application for asylum to the hijackers.

After landing had Maltese security forces surrounded the aircraft. Other flights to or from the Malta International Airport were canceled or diverted.

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