A Libyan passenger plane has been hijacked by two pro-Gaddafi supporters armed with hand grenades.
The Libyan Afriqiyah Airways A320 plane is believed to have 118 people on board, with the hijacking first confirmed by Malta’s Prime Minister on Twitter.
Joseph Muscat wrote that he has been told of the hijacking of an internal Libyan flight travelling from Sebha to Tripoli which was diverted to Malta mid-flight.
Differing reports suggested between one and two hijackers are on board, with at least one claiming to be in possession of a hand grenade.
He is said to be pro-Gaddafi and willing to let all passengers leave the plane apart from the crew if his demands – which are unclear – are met.
The Malta airport authority said all emergency teams have been dispatched to the site of what it called an ‘unlawful interference’ on the airport tarmac.
The tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is about 300 miles north of the Libyan coast.