Westport natives Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks, two of the four New York Times journalists released from Libyan custody Monday, say they were physically abused and threatened while being held captive by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the New York Times reports.
Addario and Hicks, both Staples High School graduates, along with reporters Anthony Shadid and Stephen Farrell, were captured last Tuesday while covering the conflict the city of Ajdabiya. The paper reports the four were mistakenly driven to a checkpoint guarded by pro-Gadhafi forces, where they were tied up and taken into custody.
Addario, who says she was bond with her own shoelaces, recalls being punched in the face by a soldier, and he laughed.
"Then I started crying," she told the Times. "And he was laughing more."
The group was reportedly held by these soldiers for 2 1/2 days before being turned over to Libyan defense officials. During this time, Addario says she was "groped" by the soldiers and was told she was going to die. Hicks says one soldier threatened to decapitate him.
After being released to Libyan denfense officials, the group says they were treated well. They were released into the custody of Turkish diplomats on Monday and later escorted to Tunisia.
The full New York Times interviews can be read here .
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