UK: 2 British journalists held in Libya freed

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Posted: Mar 18, 2012 6:52 PM
UK: 2 British journalists held in Libya freed

The British government says two U.K. journalists detained by a militia group in Libya have been freed.

The Foreign Office said Sunday that Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson have been released into the care of British consular staff. It says they are in good condition.

The men were working for Iran's English-language Press TV when they were seized by a militia group in late February.

Tripoli militia commander Faraj al-Swehli said last week the journalists had been found with classified documents and pictures, including a database of mercenaries apparently hired by Libya's late ousted dictator, Moammar Gadhafi.

It released a video on which the men apologized for entering Libya illegally.

On Thursday, the militia said it had handed the men over to Libyan state intelligence.