VALLETTA Dec 23 An airliner on an internal
flight in Libya was hijacked and diverted to Malta where it
landed on Friday, Maltese media reported.
The Airbus A320 was flying inside Libya for state-owned
airline Afriqiyah Airways with 118 people aboard, the reports
said. The two hijackers had threatened to blow the plane up,
outlets including the Times of Malta reported.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted: "Informed of
potential hijack situation of a #Libya internal flight diverted
to #Malta. Security and emergency operations standing by -JM".
(Reporting by Chris Scicluna; Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing
by Alison Williams)