December 23, 2016 / 3:05 PM / 9 months ago

Libyan plane hijack ends in surrender at Maltese airport

A hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 stands on the runway at Malta Airport, December 23, 2016. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit-Lupi

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Hijackers who took over a domestic Libyan flight on Friday and forced it to land in Malta have surrendered, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

The hijackers were searched and taken into custody, Muscat said on his Twitter feed.

They had earlier freed all passengers on board the Airbus A320.

Reporting by John Stonestreet; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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