Britain confirms 'small British diplomatic team' in Benghazi

6th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Sunday that a 'small British diplomatic team' was in Benghazi amid reports rebels in eastern Libya were holding a British special forces unit and junior diplomat.

"I can confirm that a small British diplomatic team is in Benghazi. We are in touch with them but it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on that for reasons I am quite sure you understand," Fox told BBC television.

Earlier, The Sunday Times newspaper, citing sources, said the Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers, thought to be up to eight men, were captured along with the diplomat they were escorting through the rebel-held east.

"We can neither confirm nor deny the report," a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP.

© 2011 AFP

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