WASHINGTON — Four US military personnel assigned to the US Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, were detained Friday and were being held by the country’s Interior Ministry, US officials said.
According to initial reports received by officials in Washington, the four were believed to have been reviewing potential evacuation routes for diplomats when they were detained.
After running into a problem at a checkpoint — many of which are run by local militias — they were detained and later moved to the Interior Ministry, said administration officials who asked not to be identified because they were discussing internal reports.
The US State Department confirmed the detention, but provided no information on how it had happened. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.