Libyan TV: Dutch helicopter on a spy mission

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Libyan state television has accused the Netherlands of spying, following the capture on Sunday of a Dutch navy helicopter and its three-strong crew by government militias.

The aim of the helicopter mission was to drop or pick up spies on Libyan soil, according to Libyan TV, which spoke of an international conspiracy against the strife-torn country.

The Dutch defence authorities say they’ve received no official word from Libya on spying charges brought against the crew. They say efforts are underway to obtain their release.

The three-strong helicopter crew were arrested on Sunday while attempting to evacuate two people from the coastal city of Sirte, the native town of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The man they were sent to rescue was also captured with the marines, but has been handed over to the Dutch embassy. He is now back in the Netherlands. The man worked for the Dutch engineering company Royal Haskoning.

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