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Six Egyptians kidnapped by armed group in Libya: Foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Jul 2016
Sameh Shoukry
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Six Egyptians were abducted by an armed group in Libya’s Bani Walid, an aide to the Egyptian foreign minister for consular affairs announced on Tuesday.

The victims, all of whom worked in Tripoli, were set upon as they were travelling back to Egypt, according to the aide, who added that one of the Egyptians is from Minya while the rest are from Mansoura.

Last April, Bani Walid witnessed the killing of 13 Egyptians over a dispute with the families of local human traffickers.

The Egyptian foreign ministry and Egypt's embassy in Libya are following up on the situation and are working to free the captives, the aide said.

The foreign ministry reiterated its call that all citizens should avoid travelling to Libya due to the unstable security conditions in the war-torn country.

In 2015, the Egyptian government issued a warning to citizens to avoid travelling to Libya after the Islamic State militant group killed 20 Egyptian migrant workers near Derna.

The warning was renewed later that year and is still in effect. 

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