The would be hijackers of a Libyan domestic flight that ended up being diverted to Malta, have surrendered. It is claimed that the attackers, who are thought to have been armed, had held the plane on the tarmac in Malta for around two hours, were hoping to claim asylum in Europe and create a pro-Gaddafi party.
The plane had 111 passengers, and 7 crew. All of whom got off of the plane unharmed. It had been feared earlier in the day to be another attempt by the terrorist group ISIS. The group have stepped up their campaigns in the run up to the Christian holiday of Christmas. But most were relived when it turned out that wasn’t the case.
The two men in their 20’s surrendered and were arrested at the airport. The two men had been in contact with police through interpreters, and had told them of their weapons and their intent to use them. It is unclear if they actually made any demands, as local reports suggested that there weren’t any.
Since the fall of Gaddafi there has been fractured peace in the oil rich state, with a UN brokered government running the country. The west has been hopeful for peace in the country as a way of stemming the tide of terrorism from that particular country. Though in general Libya is mostly in chaos, as many agree that at the very least Gaddafi had maintained a measure of control in the country. Tribes all over the countries have been at war to maintain control of, or to gain other areas. This has led to much of the country being out of control of the government. It has also led to ISIS being able to exert significant control in some areas. Though recently government forces had removed ISIS from one its main areas of control.
Libya was another victim of the Arab spring. A country that in living memory had not had freedom, suddenly and violently claimed it. This has not worked out as well as many had hoped. Many of the countries were notorious for authoritarian regimes. The breakdown of strong governments caused political chaos all over the region. Which even after five years has not receded, even with western intervention in trying to begin the democratic process. It seems that time will be the biggest healer in these countries, as they find a way to come together for a better future.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.