Armed men hijack Libyan plane, surrender in Malta

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An Afriqiyah Airways plane sits on the tarmac at Malta's Luqa International airport as military personnel approach it. After hours of tense negotiations, Libyans who hijacked the plane from Libya to Malta and threatened to blow it up surrendered peacefully, allowing the passengers and crew to leave the plane before walking out themselves with the last of the crew. (AP Photo)

An Afriqiyah Airways plane sits on the tarmac at Malta's Luqa International airport as military personnel approach it. After hours of tense negotiations, Libyans who hijacked the plane from Libya to Malta and threatened to blow it up surrendered peacefully, allowing the passengers and crew to leave the plane before walking out themselves with the last of the crew. (AP Photo)

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A group of hostages being released in Valletta, Malta, from the Afriqiyah Airways. After more than an hour on the tarmac, the plane's door opened and a first group of women and children were seen descending a mobile staircase. (AFP Photo)

A group of hostages being released in Valletta, Malta, from the Afriqiyah Airways. After more than an hour on the tarmac, the plane's door opened and a first group of women and children were seen descending a mobile staircase. (AFP Photo)

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Two hijackers of a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 surrender to Maltese military on the runway at Malta Airport (REUTERS)

Two hijackers of a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 surrender to Maltese military on the runway at Malta Airport (REUTERS)

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Two hijackers of a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 surrender to Maltese military on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

Two hijackers of a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 surrender to Maltese military on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

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Maltese troops survey a hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

Maltese troops survey a hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

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An Afriqiyah Airways plane from Libya, left, stands on the tarmac at Malta's Luqa International airport. (AP Photo)

An Afriqiyah Airways plane from Libya, left, stands on the tarmac at Malta's Luqa International airport. (AP Photo)

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A hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 stands on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

A hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 stands on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

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People disembark from a hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

People disembark from a hijacked Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 on the runway at Malta Airport. (REUTERS)

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Men wait for their relatives who were abroad an airliner that was hijacked and forced to land in Malta, at Mitiga International Airport, east of Tripoli, Libya. (REUTERS)

Men wait for their relatives who were abroad an airliner that was hijacked and forced to land in Malta, at Mitiga International Airport, east of Tripoli, Libya. (REUTERS)

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