New York Times Journalists to Be Freed in Libya

Moammar Gadhafi's son tells ABC's Christiane Amanpour the four, "entered country illegally."

Four New York Times journalists will be released by Libyan armed forces Friday, the newspaper reports.

Anthony Shadid, the paper's Beirut bureau chief and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner; two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell, who in 2009 was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and later rescued by British commandos, disappeared on Tuesday.

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Moammar Gadhafi's son seemingly referenced Addario in an interview with ABC's Christiane Amanpour Thursday, but the paper reported Libyan government officials told the U.S. State Department Thursday night that all four would be set free.

"You know, they entered country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiyah from the terrorists and they found her there and they arrest her because you know foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow," Saif told Amanpour.