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Weapons used in plane hijack appear to be replicas, says Malta PM
December 23, 2016 / 6:16 PM / 7 months ago

Weapons used in plane hijack appear to be replicas, says Malta PM

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Maltese special forces soldiers approach a hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 on the runway at Malta International Airport, December 23, 2016.Darrin Zammit Lupi

LONDON (Reuters) - The weapons used on Friday in the hijack of a jet from Libya to Malta were replicas according to the result of an initial forensic examination, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on his Twitter feed.

The hijackers, armed with a grenade and pistols, forced the airliner to land in Malta earlier on Friday before freeing all their hostages unharmed and surrendering.

reporting by John Stonestreet; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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