BBC News Team Detained, Beaten By Gaddafi's Security
A BBC News team was detained and beaten up while attempting to reach the western city of Zawiya in Libya.
The three journalists were held for 21 hours by members of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces. During their time in detention, they were beaten with fists, knees and rifles.
"I looked and I saw a plain-clothes guy with a small sub-machine gun. He put it to everyone’s neck. I saw him and he screamed at me," journalist Chris Cobb-Smith told the BBC. "Then he walked up to me put the gun to my neck and pulled the trigger, twice, the bullets whisked past my ear. The soldiers just laughed."
At one point, they were subject to a mock execution held by members of Libya’s army and secret police.
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Prince William will tour earthquake and flood damage in New Zealand and Australia next week. The prince plans to travel to earthquake-stricken Christchurch, New Zealand and flood-hit areas of Queensland and Victoria.
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