The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TUNIS – Fourteen Tunisian workers kidnapped by armed men in western Libya three days ago were released on Sunday, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The gunmen said they would exchange the workers if a Libyan, held in jail in Tunisia over drug smuggling charges, was freed in return, the ministry said, without saying whether the Libyan had been released.
The 14 were seized in the small town of Zawiya, west of the capital Tripoli, on their way to an oil refinery, a human rights activist said on Friday.
This is not the first Tunisians were kidnapped in Tripoli. Gunmen kidnapped 10 Tunisians on 12 June 2015 and demanded the release of one of the gunmen’s leaders, who was held in Tunisia as part of an investigation into terrorism. The Tunisians were released a few days after the gunmen’s leader was deported to Tripoli.