U.S. swimmers removed from flight to U.S. by Brazilian authorities

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Two Olympic swimmers were taken off their flight from Brazil to the U.S. on Wednesday by local authorities, amid an investigation into a reported robbery targeting Ryan Lochte and his teammates.

A lawyer for the two athletes said they will not be allowed to leave Brazil until they provide testimony to investigators.

Investigators are still searching for answers about how the swimmers got robbed Sunday morning along with Lochte.

Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz left the Rio de Janeiro airport and were taken to a police station for questioning.

A detective from the Tourism Police Department of Rio confirmed to NBC News that Bentz and Conger had their passports temporarily confiscated, and that they would be released from the police station.

The United States Olympic Committee said in a statement that Conger and Bentz: "Were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday."

The statement continues: "James Feigen is also communicating with local authorities and intends to make further statements regarding the incident on Thursday as well. We will continue to provide updated information as it is appropriate."

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