First 25 passengers, consisting of women and children, being released now: Malta PM Muscat on Twitter

Reuters , Friday 23 Dec 2016

Several passengers descended steps from a hijacked plane at Malta International Airport on Friday, and Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted that women and children were being freed.

The aircraft had been on an internal flight in Libya when it was diverted to Malta, 500 km (300 miles) north of the Libyan coast, after a hijacker told crew he had a hand grenade. More than 100 passengers and crew were reported to be on board.

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