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Hijack drama ends peacefully as Libyan pair surrender

Two Libyan men who hijacked a plane from Libya to Malta and threatened to blow it up have surrendered peacefully, allowing 118 passengers and crew to leave the aircraft before walking out alongside the last of the crew.

The Afriqiyah flight was travelling from Sabha to Tripoli before diverting to Malta.

The Maltese prime minister later announced the weapons used by the hijackers were in fact fake.

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Plane hijackers 'demanded creation of pro-Gaddafi party'

The Afriqiyah flight was travelling from Sabha to Tripoli. Credit: AP

The men who hijacked a Libyan plane demanded the creation of a pro-Gaddafi party, according to one Libyan MP who spoke to a passenger.

Former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi was killed in an uprising in 2011, and the country has been racked by factional violence since.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said there are potentially only the two hijackers and some crew members still on board the plane.

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