10 December 2013

Libya: 40 Tunisian Nationals Taken Hostage By Armed Group in Libya Set Free

Medenine — Forty Tunisian nationals taken hostage, on Monday, by an armed group in Libya, were set free and returned back to the homeland on Tuesday.

They were set free after negotiations between Tunisian and Libyan government and security authorities, according to a security source in Medenine.

The forty Tunisians arrived to the Ras Jedir cross border point in a normal state, they don't bear marks of violence, according to TAP news agency correspondent in the region.

They said that they had not suffered from any kind of violence at the exception of threats uttered by the armed group who had taken them hostages.

They pointed out that they had been kidnapped to pressurise the Tunisian authorities to set free three Libyan nationals arrested in Tunisia.

The same source specified that these three Libyans "arrested for security reasons" had been released on Tuesday.

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