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12/24/2016

Libyan plane hijackers were carrying fake guns and grenades

The two men who hijacked a passenger plane with 117 people on board were carrying fake guns and grenades.
The Libyan pair, Suhah Mussa and Ahmed Ali, eventually surrendered peacefully but not before they had diverted a domestic flight to Malta on Friday.

The hijacked Airbus A320 plane, operated by Afriqiyah Airways, was originally traveling from Sabha to Tripoli when it was diverted to Malta and landed at 11.34 am local time.
Musa and Ali allegedly demanded asylum in Europe and wanted to create a new political party in honour of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
But after hours of negotiations, the standoff ended peacefully with the hijackers freeing all 117 hostages and then walking off the plane to surrender.
It was later revealed through a forensic investigation the weapons used by the hijackers were ‘replicas’ – imitation weapons that may not actually fire but are difficult to distinguish visually from real guns.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the hijackers wanted negotiators to board the plane after it landed but his government refused and insisted that all passengers and crew be released.
Mussa and Ali are expected to be arraigned today.


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