Britain’s defence ministry said Tuesday it was cutting short a training program for Libyan troops after reported sexual assaults allegedly involving five of the servicemen.

Some 300 members of the troubled north African country’s armed forces have been based at the Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire, eastern England, since July.

“Training was initially expected to last until the end of November but we have agreed with the Libyan government that it is best for all involved to bring forward the training completion date,” the ministry said in a statement. […]