Four Italian workers kidnapped in Libya

The Italian Foreign Affairs Minister has said that four workers from an Italian construction company have been kidnapped in Libya. He said that they were kidnapped near the complex of the Italian company Eni, in the west of Mellitah.

Italy had closed its Libyan embassy last February and had warned all Italians to leave the country, because of the danger being posed to foreigners.

Libya has been caught up in the turmoil between its different factions for four years, after the civil war which toppled Muammar Gaddafi as leader of the country.

Italian Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the Italian media that it was difficult at this stage for one to speculate about who was responsible for the kidnapping. The workers are employed by Bonatti, a construction company in the oil, gas and energy sector.

It was reported that the workers were kidnapped on their way back from Tunisia on Sunday evening.

Two rival factions in Libya are fighting for a legitimate claim to the territory, while the Islamic State is one of the armed groups which is operating in the country. In March, the Islamic State had kidnapped nine foreign employers who work in the oil industry.

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