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Britons, Libyan official plan embassy departure

Col. Abdel Shaibi, described by Western diplomats as Col. Muammar Qaddafi's chief of military intelligence, met British officials to arrange the departure of 20 to 30 Libyan radicals holed up in the embassy. Britain has set a Sunday deadline for their departure.

The diplomats said Colonel Shaibi would probably demand a simultaneous withdrawal of British diplomats from Tripoli and the radicals from the London embassy.

Meanwhile, London took tough action against Libyans Wednesday, detaining 15 for questioning at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and arresting the last of the four ''revolutionary students'' who ran the embassy. British authorities expelled the leader of the four-man committee, Ghadir Baghdadi, Tuesday.

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