Cumberland: to Malta with SAS team
Eight persons arrested carried British passports. The reason they were arrested is that they came into the country unofficially and without any previous arrangement. A team of eight SAS soldiers and a UK diplomat, who were being detained by Libyan rebels near Benghazi, are believed to be aboard the HMS Cumberland which is due to arrive in Malta March 7.
The group, which had been deployed to Libya to make contacts with the opposition, were captured just outside the eastern Libyan town by rebel forces.