108 migrants hijacked tanker which rescued them in Med, taking ship to EU waters

Product tanker ELHIBLU 1 while en route from Turkey to Tripoli Libya, on March 26 was diverted to “distressed” migrants boat off Libyan coast. Tanker picked up 108 migrants and resumed sailing to Tripoli, migrants to be landed at Tripoli. Several hours later, however, tanker changed course and headed north, in direction of Malta or Lampedusa. Understood communications with tanker lost, allegedly migrants hijacked tanker and crew after they were informed about their return to Libya. As of 1600 UTC Mar 27, no AIS during last 16 hours. Italian Interior Minister Salvini is closely monitoring situation.

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