December 23, 2016 / 5:54 PM / 8 months ago

Weapons used in plane hijack appear to be replicas, says Malta PM

LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) - The weapons used on Friday in the hijack of a jet from Libya to Malta were replicas according to the result of an initial forensic examination, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on his Twitter feed.

The hijackers, armed with a grenade and pistols, forced the airliner to land in Malta earlier on Friday before freeing all their hostages unharmed and surrendering. (reporting by John Stonestreet; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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