Police forces stand on the pier where Motor Tanker Elhibru 1 that was hijacked by migrants it had rescued off Libya, is docked at Boiler Wharf in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel. - The tanker Elhiblu I -- with 108 migrants on board including women and children -- was to be handed over to police, according to a statement from the Armed Forces of Malta. (Photo by Matthew MIRABELLI / AFP)
Army forces stand onboard Motor Tanker Elhibru 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. - The tanker Elhiblu I -- with 108 migrants on board including women and children -- was to be handed over to police, according to a statement from the Armed Forces of Malta. (Photo by Matthew MIRABELLI / AFP)
A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
Maltese special forces soldiers are seen on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A Maltese special forces soldier guards a migrant on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
Maltesiske spesialsoldater om bord på Elhiblu 1 etter å ha ankommet Valletta på Malta, REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiDarrin Zammit Lupi

Handelsskip reddet migranter i havsnød i Middelhavet – ble kapret

Maltesiske spesialsoldater bordet det kaprede skipet og gjenvant kontroll.

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Besetningen på handelsskipet Elhiblu 1 var på vei til Libya da de kom over migranter i havsnød onsdag.

De tok om bord ca 120 personer. Men migrantene var ikke interessert i å bli med til Libya, så de tvang besetningen til å legge om kursen tilbake mot Europa, melder nyhetsbyrået AP.

Italias innenriksminister, Matteo Salvini, sier dette er det første tilfellet av piratvirksomhet i Middelhavet.

Torsdag morgen bordet maltesiske spesialsoldater skipet og tok tilbake kontrollen. Kapteinen forteller at han og mannskapet forøvrig ble truet til å snu skipet av en stor gruppe migranter.

Kaprerne vil bli overlevert til politiet og straffeforfulgt.