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2 British journalists handed over to Libyan intelligence

A commander of a Libyan militia holding two British journalists says they have been handed over to state intelligence.

Tripoli militia commander Faraj al-Swehli says the two journalists are suspected of espionage. He says they were found with classified documents and pictures.

He says the pictures showed "secret sites," and the documents included a detailed database of the mercenaries believed to have been hired by then-ruler Muammar Qaddafi to crush the armed uprising against him.

Al-Swehli said Thursday that he handed them to the Libyan intelligence for further interrogation.

The journalists were identified as reporter Nicholas Davies and cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson. They were detained at the end of February. They were working for an Iranian TV network.

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