An armed policeman stands guard over migrants from the El Hiblu 1 tanker in Valletta's Grand Harbour on Thursday. Photo: AFP

‘It was horror’: captain who rescued migrants feared death when they hijacked his ship

  • Nader el-Hiblu says the migrants seized metal tools and began smashing the ship and threatening crew when they realised they were headed for Libya, not Europe
  • He says the Libyan coastguard refused to help, while Maltese authorities treated him like a criminal after storming the vessel
Topic |   Europe’s refugee crisis

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An armed policeman stands guard over migrants from the El Hiblu 1 tanker in Valletta's Grand Harbour on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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The merchant ship Elhiblu 1 is guided to harbour after being retaken by Maltese armed forces after being hijacked by migrants. Photo: EPA

Malta navy seizes tanker taken over by migrant ‘pirates’ in Mediterranean

  • The seizing of the El Hiblu 1 tanker is believed to be the first act of piracy by migrants in the Mediterranean
  • The ship rescued about 120 migrants and was on its way to Libya, but they forced the crew to change course and head for Europe
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The merchant ship Elhiblu 1 is guided to harbour after being retaken by Maltese armed forces after being hijacked by migrants. Photo: EPA
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