Malta PM: Libyan Plane Hijackers Gave Themselves Up

An Afriqiyah Airways plane from Libya stands on the tarmac at Malta’s Luqa International airport, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Two hijackers diverted a Libyan commercial plane to Malta on Friday and threatened to blow it up with hand grenades, Maltese authorities and state media said. (AP Photo/Jonathan Borg)

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta’s prime minister says the hijacking of a Libyan plane is over after the hijackers gave themselves up.

In a series of tweets, he said the hijackers left the airplane along with its final crew members after earlier freeing all the passengers from a flight that was diverted to his country.

The hijackers, he said, “surrendered,” been “searched and taken in custody.”

The operator of the hijacked plane had earlier said there were 118 people on board, including 111 passengers.

Maltese state television TVM said the two hijackers of the plane had hand grenades and had threatened to explode them.

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