Dutch helicopter crew released

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The three-strong Dutch helicopter crew, captured in Libya two weeks ago, are on their way back to the Netherlands. They were flown to Greece after their release from Libya. The three navy staff were arrested in the northern city of Sirte by Gaddafi loyalists after a bungled evacuation operation on 27 February.

The helicopter was based on the frigate HNLMS Tromp, patrolling off the Libyan coast, and was attempting to evacuate a Dutch and a Swedish national caught up in the protests against the Gaddafi regime. The two Europeans were able to leave Libya shortly after the arrest of the soldiers.

Commenting on the news of the release Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said it was wonderful news not only for those involved but for their families too. He also praised the role of Greece and Malta in helping secure the release of the helicopter crew.


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