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Libya: Passengers of Afriqiyah Airways flight recount hijiacking after return to Tripoli01:28

Libya: Passengers of Afriqiyah Airways flight recount hijiacking after return to Tripoli

Libya, Tripoli
December 24, 2016 at 18:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Passengers from the Libyan plane that was hijacked on Friday returned safely in Tripoli’s Meitig airport on Saturday morning. Footage showed scenes of joy and relief as passengers were greeted by friends and relatives at the airport in Libya’s capital.

One passenger described what had happened on board, explaining, "Forty-five minutes after the plane took off from the city of Sabha, the official said that the plane was heading to Malta; I asked him the reason, and the answer we received was that the plane was hijacked."

The Afriqiyah Airways A320 plane was operating a domestic flight from Sebha to Tripoli when it was diverted by two hijackers, who threatened to detonate the plane with hand grenades.

The hijackers initially released a number of passengers, leaving some as hostages. Eventually, they released all 118 passengers and crew and gave themselves up to Maltese soldiers at Malta International Airport.

Malta International Airport announced that all its flights have resumed following the release.

Libya: Passengers of Afriqiyah Airways flight recount hijiacking after return to Tripoli01:28
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Passengers from the Libyan plane that was hijacked on Friday returned safely in Tripoli’s Meitig airport on Saturday morning. Footage showed scenes of joy and relief as passengers were greeted by friends and relatives at the airport in Libya’s capital.

One passenger described what had happened on board, explaining, "Forty-five minutes after the plane took off from the city of Sabha, the official said that the plane was heading to Malta; I asked him the reason, and the answer we received was that the plane was hijacked."

The Afriqiyah Airways A320 plane was operating a domestic flight from Sebha to Tripoli when it was diverted by two hijackers, who threatened to detonate the plane with hand grenades.

The hijackers initially released a number of passengers, leaving some as hostages. Eventually, they released all 118 passengers and crew and gave themselves up to Maltese soldiers at Malta International Airport.

Malta International Airport announced that all its flights have resumed following the release.

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