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Latest update : 2010-09-06

A group of Slovak citizens who were seized by the army in the Central African Republic (CAR) last week have been released, the authorities in Bratislava said Monday. The armed safari hunters had apparently been mistaken for coup plotters.

AFP - Seven armed Slovaks arrested in the Central African Republic over an alleged coup plot have been freed after proving they were tourists on a safari hunt, the foreign ministry in Bratislava said Monday.

"There was a misunderstanding. The Slovaks were not plotting, they were hunters on a safari in the Central African Republic with legally-owned guns," ministry spokesman Lubos Schwarzbacher said.

"After being arrested last Wednesday, they were released and got back their passports on Friday, and are waiting in their hotel for a flight home," he added.

Security forces in the Central African Republic said Monday they had arrested a group of Slovakian nationals last week over an alleged coup plot.

 

Date created : 2010-09-06

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