Libya releases detained UK reporter
A British reporter who was arrested at gunpoint by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers last week has been released alongside two other men, his company has said.
Dave Clark, 38, was held with two Western journalists after they ran into a military convoy on the road to the city of Ajdabiya in the east of the country on Saturday.
Their driver said they were forced to kneel beside the road with their hands on their heads, according to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency.
The Libyan soldiers set fire to the journalists' car before driving them away in a military vehicle.
Mr Clark, an experienced foreign correspondent with AFP, last made contact with his editors on Friday evening.
He sent an email saying he and his colleagues were planning to travel out of the city of Tobruk the next day to interview refugees and leaders of the opposition to Gaddafi. The British reporter went missing with AFP journalist Roberto Schmidt, 45, and Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle, 45.
In a statement, AFP said: "The two Agence France-Presse journalists and the Getty Images photographer arrested last Saturday in Libya have just been freed in Tripoli."
Clark is originally from north-east England, where he worked for the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and previously headed AFP's bureaux in Baghdad and Lagos in Nigeria. He moved to AFP's Paris headquarters in September 2008 and has been reporting from Libya since March 8.
A number of journalists have been captured by Gaddafi's officials during the unrest in Libya. British cameraman Kamel Atalua, 43, is still being detained by the Libyan authorities in the capital Tripoli along with three colleagues from the Al Jazeera news channel.
UK reporter Stephen Farrell and three fellow New York Times journalists were freed on Monday after being arrested by Gaddafi's forces in Ajdabiya and held for six days.