Libya passenger jet hijacked, diverted to Malta

Libyan plane hijackers seeking asylum in Europe ‘to establish pro-Gaddafi party’ surrender after releasing passengers in Malta. Two hijackers who forced a Libyan plane to land in Malta with 118 people on board amid threats to blow up the aircraft have surrendered, been searched and taken into custody.
The pair, who were said to be seeking asylum in Europe to “establish a pro-Gaddafi party”, were seen walking away from the Afriqiyah Airways plane with crew members after the tense stand-off.

A Libyan MP who spoke to a passenger on board Flight 8U209 said the men were demanding the creation of a pro-Gaddafi party.One of the hijackers told Libyan television that he is the head of a pro-Gaddafi political party. A minister said the hijackers were asking for asylum in Malta.Serraj al-Fitouri also told Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV that one Libyan lawmaker was among the list of passengers. It was unclear whether the lawmaker, identified as Abdel-Salam al-Marabet, had actually boarded the flight that was hijacked earlier on Friday.
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