The migrants were all adults, mostly from sub-Saharan African countries, and all but three of them were men.
The stretch of sea between Libya and southern Italy continues to be a death trap for migrants and refugees in search of better
Travel as "normal", the PM says.
The PM is leaving concern about the travel ban to Canada, France, Germany, Turkey and the UK.
The hijacker told crew he was “pro-Gaddafi,” local media reported.
They were traveling towards Italy in poorly-made rubber dinghies.
The rate of recorded deaths in the Mediterranean has risen sharply this year, with more than 3,740 migrants drowning on their way to Europe.
The PM has addressed an almost empty UN General Assembly.
Armed groups are active in the southern desert from where the trio was reported abducted.