Hijacked Sudanese plane Lands in Libya
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BBC is reporting that Hijackers have released few passengers.
The hijackers of a Sudanese plane flown to Libya have started to free some of the women and children on board, Libyan officials say.
The Sun Air Boeing 737 was carrying some 95 passengers when it was seized shortly after taking off from the Darfur town of Nyala.
The pilot had said that some passengers had fainted after the air-conditioning failed in Libya's desert town of Kufra.
He said the hijackers were Darfur rebels but this has been denied.
The plane was on its way to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, when a man with a knife hijacked it, a Sudanese security official was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.
Latest update says that plane has landed in the Tripoli and hijackers are demanding refuelling. The plane was allowed to land on humanitarian grounds after the pilot informed Air Traffic control about fuel condition. Libyan officials have left Tripoli for Koufra, a city located in the desert close to the border between Libya and Sudan for investigations.
Hijackers who forced a Sudanese airliner to land in Libya have demanded that it be refuelled so that it can fly on to Paris, Libya's state news agency Jana said today, quoting the head of the airport at Kufrah.
The plane was hijacked on Tuesday after leaving war-torn Darfur, Sudanese and Libyan authorities said.
Libya's Civil Aviation Authority said 95 passengers were on the Boeing 737/200 plane which landed at the airport at Kufrah, an oasis town in the country's southeast, Jana reported.
Update | - The plane was hijacked by ten people affiliated with the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), "one of the original Darfur rebel groups," according to Reuters.
The men who hijacked a Sudanese passenger plane to Libya are from a branch of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), one of the original Darfur rebel groups, the Arabic television channel Al Jazeera said on Wednesday.
It said the 10 hijackers were followers of Abdel Wahed Mohammed al-Nur, whose faction refused to sign the 2006 peace agreement with the government.
A spokesman for the Abdel Wahed faction of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) on Wednesday denied the Darfur group had any role in hijacking a Sudanese passenger plane.
"We took no part in this hijacking at all. It is completely against our aims, values and objectives. We condemn this hijacking with a strong voice," spokesman Yahya al-Bashir said, speaking by telephone from Britain.
Previously | - A Sudanese plane flying from Nyala to Karthoum has been hijacked.
The plane was on its way to Khartoum, but has landed in Libya, after first trying to land in Cairo, reports say.
Aviation officials in Khartoum told the BBC the plane belonged to Sudanese airline Sun Air and there were 95 people on board.
The officials said members of a former Darfur rebel group were on the plane.
A Sudanese security official said a man with a knife had hijacked the plane, The Associated Press news agency reported.