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Kidnapped Egyptian Diplomats Freed in Libya

Tripoli— Five Egyptian diplomats have been freed Sunday night, according to an official from the Libyan Interior Ministry. The diplomats were kidnapped on Friday in Tripoli along with an Egyptian worker.

Three people including two diplomats and one worker have already arrived in their homes in Tripoli.

The worker is the caretaker of the building where the Egyptian administrative attaché resided. He was taken along by the kidnappers when they snatched the administrative attaché.

Three more diplomats including the Cultural and Administrative attaches are said to be driven to their homes by security officials in the coming hours.

The abductions of the diplomats came hours after Libya’s state news agency reported that Egyptian authorities had arrested Shaaban Hadiya, the commander of the Revolutionaries Operation Room, who was visiting Egypt.

It has been reported that Mr. Hadiya was released by the authorities in Egypt and he called the Annaba TV station to tell them he was free.

Hadiya is said to have called the kidnappers from Egypt and asked them to free all Egyptian diplomats who are believed to be held somewhere out of Tripoli.

Egypt withdrew its embassy staff along with the Egyptian ambassador who flew back to Cairo on Saturday evening.

The Tripoli Post

This article was originally published here.

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