Gunmen abduct two Serbian embassy staff members in Libya

Masked gunmen kidnap two Serbian embassy employees in Libya, wound another employee travelling with motorcade taking ambassador to Tunisia

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told Serbian state media he expects a positive result within 48 hours after two Serbian embassy staff were kidnapped

Two Serbian Embassy employees were kidnapped in Libya’s coastal city of Sabratha on Sunday by masked gunmen who hit an embassy car part of a convoy taking Serbia’s ambassador to neighbouring Tunisia, officials said.

The embassy's communications officer, Sladjana Stankovic, and driver Jovica Stepic, were abducted about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the main border crossing between Libya and Tunisia.

Apart from the abduction, a Libyan security officer in the convoy was injured when one attacker hit him in the leg after opening fire.

Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said they have not reached any information about the identity of the attackers.

"Nobody has contacted us to demand anything. We are following the situation," he told the state broadcaster RTS, adding that a crisis committee had been set up.

However, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told RTS that he had spoken with Libyan authorities and expected a positive result within 48 hours.

Ambassador Oliver Potezica, who escaped unharmed when he was travelling in the motorcade in a separate car with his family, later explained how the attack happened.

"The attack happened when one of the embassy cars was hit from behind. When the driver came out to check what happened, he was dragged into one of the attackers' cars." Potezica told Serbian state news agency Tanjug.

The kidnapping "looked more like a criminal than a political act," he added.

Sabratha is by the border of a region known as Jefara, an area which is home to smugglers and road militias.


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