Three Dutch soldiers taken prisoner in Libya

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Three Dutch soldiers have been captured by pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya following a failed evacuation operation. A helicopter flew from the Dutch frigate HNLMS Tromp to the Libyan town of Sirte to pick up to evacuees, but when it landed the crew were seized by an armed group loyal to the Libyan government.

The incident occurred on Sunday but was kept quiet until now for security reasons.

The two would-be evacuees, a Dutch man and another European of unspecified nationality were handed over to the Dutch embassy and have since left the country.

A spokesman for the Dutch Defence Ministry says intensive diplomatic negotiations are still taking place to free the three soldiers. He added that the soldiers are doing well under the circumstances.

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