AP source: Libya releases 4 US military personnel

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says that four American military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released.

No one was reported injured. A Defense Department official said Friday night that the military personnel were taken to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli after their release. The official was not authorized to discuss the incident by name and requested anonymity.

The official says an altercation apparently took place at a checkpoint near the Libyan town of Sabratha.

The official says that after they were detained at the checkpoint, the Americans were transferred to the Ministry of the Interior and held for a few hours.

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