The ID cards of two of the American individuals detained on Friday night(27 December 2013) in Al-Ajailat west of Tripoli
Ajailat, Libya—Four armed American security personnel were detained Friday night in the city of Al-Ajailat, 100 kms west of Tripoli.
The Libyan government and the American embassy in Tripoli are aware of the situation and the detainees are reported to have been handed over to the authorities.
According to Omar Al-Mukhtar, the head of the Sabratha Military Council, the incident occurred when two SUVs were stopped at a checkpoint of Shebaika and each was carrying two foreigners.
The persons were armed and carried communication equipment.
Social media showed a photo of two men sitting on a sofa in an office and posted two State Department IDs in the names of Alexander Burnon Crabb and Benjamin, from California, Jacob Mac Donald, from New Hampshire.
Postings on social media have accused the four Americans as spies and questioned the reason behind their venturing away from the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
One vehicle, a Toyota Land cruiser, carrying two people tried to escape but it was chased and stopped near Sabratha city where the security people from Ajailat arrested the two Americans in the car that was later set on fire.
Al-Mukhtar said the four individuals were handed over to the Interior Ministry.