2 American Basketball Players Detained then Released in Libya

By: NBC, Associated Press
By: NBC, Associated Press
Two Americans playing basketball for a Saudi Arabian team were detained by the Libyan army Thursday. They were released when their identities were confirmed.

MGN Online

Benghazi, Libya - Two American basketball players who were detained in the Libyan city of Benghazi have been released. The players are in Libya to play for the al-Hilal basketball team. Libyan security officials say they were detained on the campus of Benghazi University Thursday and taken to the army's headquarters.

The president of the basketball team says they were released last night after their identities were confirmed. It was not clear why the two were detained.

Last month, four U.S. military personnel were briefly taken into custody at a checkpoint in northwestern Libya and later released.
The violence in Benghazi keeps most foreigners away. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed on an attack on the consulate in Benghazi in 2012.

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