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Libya hijack: Plane carrying 118 diverted to Malta

HIJACKED: Airbus A320

A LIBYAN passenger plane has been hijacked and forced to land in Malta.

The Airbus A320, which has 118 passengers on board, was flying inside Libya for Afriqiyah Airways when it was diverted, local media report.

There were two hijackers involved, who threatened to bomb the plane, according to initial reports.
Maltese PM Joseph Muscat said security forces were standing by.

Malta International Airport confirmed on Twitter that there had been an "unlawful interference" at the airport.

It said emergency teams had been dispatched.

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