Special forces seize tanker hijacked by migrants in the Mediterranean Sea


Special forces have seized a tanker after it was hijacked by migrants who had been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.

Authorities in Italy and Malta said the migrants had taken control of the Libya-bound ship on Wednesday and forced the crew to sail towards Europe.

It came after the Turkish oil tanker had rescued about 120 people, with Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini calling the hijacking “the first act of piracy on the high seas with migrants”.

A Maltese special forces team boarded the El Hiblu 1 vessel and restored control to the captain as it headed towards the Italian island of Lampedusa and Malta.

Several armed military personnel could be seen on board the tanker when it arrived at port in Malta’s capital Valletta on Thursday morning.

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Source: Sky News