Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

On the frontline of horror: editing images from warzones

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: UN sets target of 60 days to turn things around

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Desperate Seas: Migrant Deaths Crossing Mediterranean Top 3,000 in 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

'All is Well' for Lisa Simone

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

EU questions Apple's tax deals in Ireland

Read more

FOCUS

The Iraqi TV show where victims confront terrorists

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Syrian student risks her life to film IS group stronghold

Read more

LIFESTYLES

Forgotten and fictional sports

Read more

DEBATE

Modi in America: India's Prime minister on triumphant US tour

Read more

Africa

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-23

A Tunisian diplomat has been abducted by unidentified gunmen in Libya, Tunisia’s foreign ministry said Saturday.

The diplomat was kidnapped in a suburb in eastern Tripoli on Friday.

The ministry said it was in contact with Libyan authorities to obtain more information and to step up efforts to secure the man’s release.

Three years after Libya’s revolt to topple Muammar Gaddafi, the North African country is struggling to impose security in the face of brigades of former rebels, Islamist militants and ex-fighters who refuse to disarm.

In January, five Egyptian diplomats were briefly kidnapped in Tripoli in what security officials said was retaliation for Egypt’s arrest of a Libyan militia chief. They were later freed and Egypt released the militia commander.

A South Korean trade official was also kidnapped the same month as he left his office in Tripoli. But he was freed days later by security forces, and Libyan officials said it was not a politically motivated abduction.

Foreigners have been targeted in attacks over recent months though motives were unclear. An American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi in December and in January, a British man and a New Zealand woman were shot execution-style on a beach in western Libya.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2014-03-22

  • LIBYA - EGYPT

    Three of five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats freed, Libyan official says

    Read more

  • LIBYA - EGYPT

    Five Egyptian diplomats kidnapped in Libyan capital

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Libyan PM says abduction was 'coup' attempt

    Read more

COMMENT(S)