Army forces stand onboard Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 that was hijacked by migrants it had rescued off Libya, docked at Boiler Wharf in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel | Matthew Mirabelli/AFP via Getty Images
Armed forces escort tanker hijacked by rescued migrants to Malta
Italy’s interior minister has called the rescued migrants ‘pirates’ and denied them permission to disembark in Italy.
Updated 3/28/19, 4:24 PM CET
A small tanker hijacked by migrants rescued off the Libyan coast docked in a Maltese port early Thursday after special operations forces took control of the vessel.
The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) seized control of the Elhiblu 1 as it attempted to enter Maltese waters after the ship's crew were overpowered by the migrants who had earlier been rescued, France 24 reported.