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Three teenage migrants were accused of "hijacking" an oil tanker in Malta, BBC reported.

One of the accused was identified as Abdalla Bari, 19, from New Guinea.  The other two are 15 and 16. One is from New Guinea, the other is from Côte d’Ivoire. Minors could not be named.

They will face up to 30 years in jail if found guilty.

It is noted that there were more than 100 migrants onboard the tanker at the time of seizing. They are all detained. 

The migrants had been rescued by the ship, however, it is reported that they hijacked it after being told they would be returned to Libya. Instead they forced the captain to head towards Europe.

The tanker was stopped by patrol in territorial waters of Malta, and as a result of special operation the tanker was freed from capture.

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