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Two Turkish nationals kidnapped in Libya

English.news.cn   2014-06-27 23:38:47            

ANKARA, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Two Turkish nationals were kidnapped in Libyan capital Tripoli, a Turkish official said on Friday.

The two Turks, who worked for Turkey's Summa Construction Company in Libya, were abducted on Tuesday, when they left a workers' camp area, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Turkey's foreign ministry has issued several travel warnings since May over deteriorating security situation in Libya, which led to the departure of hundreds of Turkish nationals.

On Sunday, Col. Mohammed Hegazy, spokesman for renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, called on Turks and Qataris to leave Libya within two days, saying that his forces would not be responsible for any "public backlash" if they were still present after the deadline.

According to the spokesman, some policies of Turkey and Qatar, which are accused of "sending spies" to eastern Libya, have triggered "public anger" in Libya.

Haftar, who played a major role in toppling Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi, has led a series of military operation against Islamist militia throughout the country in an effort to " purge terrorists" since May.

The North African nation has suffered from political turmoil over the recent years, and has witnessed a rise in armed militias.

On Monday, Turkey's Benghazi Consular General Ali Sait Akin urged the Libyan government to play a responsible role and take necessary measures in maintaining the safety of foreigners in Libya.

The consular general also asked the Libyan government to reject those who target foreign nationals working in the country, adding that they have no purpose other than serving Libya.

Editor: yan
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