December 23, 2016 / 3:05 PM / a year ago

Libyan plane hijack ends in surrender at Maltese airport

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.

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

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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