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Libyan Charity: Libya Frees 90 Rebels Linked With Al-Qaida


A government-backed charity in Libya says the country has released from prison 90 members of a group believed to be linked to al-Qaida.

The Gadhafi International Foundation of Charity Associations said Tuesday those released were members of the Fighting Islamic Group in Libya.

The charity, which is run by the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, mediated the rebels' release and did not give any details of the terms.

The 90 group members were held in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison. They represent one-third of the group's members still held in Libyan jails.

Last November, al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, announced in an audiotape that the Fighting Islamic Group in Libya had joined the militant organization.

The group has long been accused in Libya of plotting to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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