Libyan plane hijacked and diverted to Malta: reports

Afriqiyah Airways plane
File photo of an Afriqiyah Airways plane

An airliner on an internal flight in Libya has been hijacked and diverted to Malta, according to local media.

Reports said the Airbus A320 operated by the state-owned airline Afriqiyah Airways had 118 people on board. The hijacker claimed to be in possession of a hand grenade, the Times of Malta

Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, tweeted: “Informed of potential hijack situation of a Libya internal flight diverted to Malta. Security and emergency operations standing