Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat has confirmed all 111 passengers and all seven members of crew have been released from an Afriqiyah Airways flight hijacked earlier. The Airbus A320 was diverted and forced to land at Malta International Airport at 11:32 local time.
A “probable terrorist attack” in German capital Berlin has left 12 people dead and a further 48 injured. A suspect is believed to have deliberately driven a lorry into a crowded Christmas market in the centre of the city. The driver of the lorry has been detained, with reports suggesting he is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker.
Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, the managing director of the Jordan Tourism Board, has counselled tour groups are still running as scheduled following a terror attack in the country over the weekend. “Visitors continue to fly into our airports and we do not expect this incident to affect the tourism sector as Jordan remains to be an oasis of calm in a turbulent region,” said Arabiyat.
A total of 41 people are now known to have died during a suicide bomb attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Some 13 of those killed are believed to be foreign nationals, while a further 239 people were injured in the attack. Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday evening.
Zaventem airport in Brussels is expected to reopen this evening as emergency repairs are completed. The airport has been closed since March 22nd when two suicide bombers detonated explosives in the departures hall. The airport is expected to operate at around 20 per cent of capacity when it reopens.
The hijacking of an EgyptAir flight forced to land at Larnaca airport in Cyprus has ended peacefully with all hostages released and the hijacker surrendering. A number of passengers and crew had earlier been freed from a hijacked plane has sat on the runway at the airport.
Belgian prime minister Charles Michel has said “many” people are feared dead following a series of explosions in the capital Brussels. Two explosions struck Zaventem airport on the outskirts of the city early this morning, with a third following an hour later at the Maalbeek metro station.
As many as two dozen people have been killed in Grand Bassam, a coastal city in Côte d’Ivoire. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the attacks, with centred on three hotels in the Grand Bassam beach resort area. Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara confirmed two special forces soldiers died during the assault, along with as many as 22 tourists.
Special forces have stormed a hotel in Malian capital Bamako in an attempt to end a siege by gunmen. As many as ten attackers are holding 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city. The property is popular with international business travellers, flight crews and Malian visitors.
Tunisian security forces have arrested 12 suspects following a terrorist attack in the resort town of Sousse on Friday. Officials said they were still hunting for two people, both of whom are suspected of having trained in Libya with the gunman who killed 38 people.
The ‘majority’ of the 38 people killed in an attack on the Hotel Imperial Marhaba in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse were British, the country’s prime minister Habib Essid has revealed.
At least 18 tourists are now believed to have been killed following an attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, capital of Tunisia. Both gunmen were also killed in the incident, along with three Tunisians, with a policeman among them.