Three kidnapped Tunisian diplomats released in Libya

Three of 10 kidnapped Tunisian consular staff released in Libya

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A libyan official and a Tunisian source said on Tuesday that three of 10 Tunisian diplomats have been released and negotiations over other hostages have been continuing.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

The consular staff were kidnapped in Libya last week after armed men conducted a raid in the Tunisian consulate on Friday in Tripoli.

Faraj Swhili, a Libyan diplomatic police official said: ‘’Three diplomats have been freed yesterday after they were kidnapped in the capital Tripoli.’’

‘’The other seven diplomats will be released when the Libyan detainee in Tunis, Walid Kalib, is released by Tunisian authorities,’’ he added.

Walid Kalib, member of Libya Dawn, faces kidnapping charges in Tunisia, were arrested by Tunisian authorities last month. A Tunisian court refused to free him.

Tunisia is one of the few countries that keeps a diplomatic presence in Tripoli.

The Dawn Alliance, Libya’s largest armed group, played a key role in the deposal of Libya’s longterm autocrat Muammar Gaddafi and is now engaged in combat against uprooting ISIS militants who took over oil facilities in the city of Sirte.

Libya is currently divided between two parliaments, the General National Council (GNC) in the capital of Tripoli, which was founded with the help of the United States and France after the overthrow of Libyan authoritarian leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and the House of Representatives (HoR).

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