Missing journalists held by Libyan army

AFP , Tuesday 22 Mar 2011

Gaddafi’s forces detained three journalists, according to a driver who said he took them close to Ajdabiya, Libya

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Libyan government soldiers pose at the west gate of Ajdabiyah town in this 16 March 2011 picture. The picture was taken on a government-guided tour (AP).

Three western journalists who went missing in eastern Libya last week, including two from Agence France-Presse, were arrested by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi, their driver said.

AFP journalists Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, and Getty photographer Joe Raedle, had not been heard from since Friday evening.

Driver Mohammed Hamed told AFP that on Saturday morning he took the three journalists from Tobruk on the road to Ajdabiya, where Gaddafi loyalists have been fighting eastern rebels.

A few dozen kilometres from Ajdabiya, they encountered a convoy of military jeeps and transport vehicles. They turned around, but were intercepted by the soldiers who caught up with them and forcibly arrested them, the driver said.

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