18 April 2014

Libya: Kidnappers of Tunisian Diplomat in Libya Identified - Minister

Photo: Fred Abrahams/Human Rights Watch
Libya has witnessed frequent kidnappings (file photo).

Tunis, — Kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat in Libya Laroussi Kontassi were identified, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamdi told a private radio station on Friday.

The kidnappers would be tied to a Libyan terrorist group some elements of whom were jailed in Tunisia after an attack on security forces three years ago.

They demand the release of two Libyans imprisoned in Tunisia for their involvement in an attack on security forces in Rouhia, Governorate of Siliana last May 2011, the minister said, adding that it is the same group that had abducted Tunisian embassy staffer in Tripoli Mohamed Becheikh.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Tunisia will try to negotiate with the kidnappers to preserve the lives of diplomats and secure their release, saying the downsizing of the diplomatic mission in Libya was under consideration.

TAP news agency was unable to receive any relevant information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Several attempts to contact its different services have been unsuccessful since Friday morning.

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