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An Afriqiyah Airways plane from Libya stands on the tarmac at Malta's Luqa International airport, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Malta's state television says two hijackers who diverted a Libyan commercial plane to the Mediterranean island nation have threatened to blow it up. (AP Photo/Jonathan Borg)

Two plane hijackers have been taken into custody after Libyan jet landing in Malta


UPDATE 10:31 a.m. EST: The Maltese PM tweeted that the hijackers were in custody.

UPDATE  8:26 a.m. EST: The Maltese PM confirms passengers being released from the plane.

Earlier, the prime minister tweeted that a first group of passengers were released.

Authorities in Malta reported the "potential hijack" of a Libyan passenger plane, the island nation's prime minister said Friday. Local media said 118 people were believed to be on board, according to CNN.

The Afriqiyah Airways plane landed at Malta's international airport, where emergency and security personnel were waiting. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted that he'd been "informed of potential hijack situation of a #Libya internal flight diverted to #Malta. Security and emergency operations standing by."

Here is Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's initial tweet about the hijacking.

More details on the passengers aboard the plane.

Here is the direction the flight was headed before it landed.

A Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs communications officer, Etienne Saint John, told CNN

"Security personal are on the scene. There is an ongoing meeting at the Prime Minister's office regarding the plane."

--This story is developing.

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