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Libya: AFP photographer arrested by Haftar's militia

20:24 29 March 2017 Author :  

Tripoli (AFP) - AFP's photographer in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Abdullah Doma, has been arrested at his home by Haftar's militia Libya, his family said Wednesday.

Haftar's militia raided Doma's home overnight and told the family he was to be questioned over his photo coverage for AFP of an Earth Hour event.

Two organisers of Saturday night's event at Benghazi university, where young men and women gathered for a concert, were detained at the same time as Doma but released on Wednesday.

Awqaf religious authorities linked to the authorities in the east had condemned the marking of Earth Hour in Benghazi as "offensive" to Islam because it went against the segregation of the sexes.

AFP management expressed concern over Doma's arrest and called on authorities in Benghazi to release the photographer immediately and without charge.

"Abdullah is being held by the general investigations service," his brother Marwan said, adding that he had been unable to see him.

The so called security services "told me Abdullah had not been questioned yet and asked me to return at sunset", he said.

Contacted by AFP, sources with   Haftar's militia, which controls eastern Libya, said they were not involved in the arrest.

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