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MEA: 7 Indians kidnapped in Libya, efforts on to secure release

The Indians were kidnapped at a place called Asshwerif on September 14 when they were on their way to the Tripoli airport to catch a flight to India.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2020 1:07:32 am
Libya has been witnessing large-scale violence and unrest since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade regime in 2011. In pic: Members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces fire during fighting with Eastern forces (File/REUTERS/Hani Amara)

Seven Indians, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, were kidnapped in Libya last month and India is in touch with authorities in the African nation to secure their release, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

The Indians were kidnapped at a place called Asshwerif on September 14 when they were on their way to the Tripoli airport to catch a flight to India, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.

“The government is in touch with their family members and would like to assure them that we are making all possible efforts in consultation and coordination with Libyan authorities and the employer to trace our nationals and secure their release from captivity at the earliest,” he said.

Srivastava said the Indian nationals were working at a construction and oil field supplies company. “The employer has been contacted by the kidnappers and shown photographs as proof that the Indian nationals were safe and keeping well,” he said. He said the Indian embassy in Tunisia has reached out to the Libyan authorities and the international organisations there, seeking help in rescuing the Indian nationals.

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