Missing journalists held by Libyan army: driver

22nd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Three western journalists who went missing in eastern Libya last week, including two from Agence France-Presse, were arrested by forces loyal to leader Moamer Kadhafi, 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 Kadhafi 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.

© 2011 AFP

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