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Britons held in Libya to be freed

2012-03-16 09:00

Tripoli - Two British journalists who were detained by a Libyan militia last month will be released within 24 hours, a senior government official told AFP on Thursday.

"The two journalists will be released within 24 hours and will be free to leave the country," deputy interior minister Omar al-Khadrawi said.

The Swehli militia of Misrata, which also has operatives in Tripoli, seized Nicholas Davies and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson while they were reportedly filming late at night near a sensitive site.

The journalists, who work for Iran's English-Language Press TV, were held by the militia for weeks over charges of illegal entry and possible espionage before being handed over to the authorities.