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

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

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.

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

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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