Hijackers of the Libyan aircraft that landed in Malta have surrendered. This was reported on Twitter by the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat.
Hijackers surrendered, searched and taken in custody.— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) 23 декабря 2016 г.
At the same time, AFP reports that the hijackers asked for asylum in Malta.
The plane of the Libyan airline Afriqiyah Airways landed at Malta airport today, as it was captured by the hijackers. The airplane followed a route from the Libyan city of Sebha to Tripoli. 118 people were on board. It was also reported that hijackers threatened to blow up the aircraft. According to some reports, they demanded free withdrawal of fighters from Benghazi, according to the other - to let go the son of Muammar Gaddafi. Later, one of the hijackers of the aircraft of the Libyan airlines said that the purpose of their action was the announcement and promotion of a new party - "Al-Fateh Al-Jadid".