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Egyptians kidnapped in Libya freed

S ome of the six Egyptian diplomats and embassy staff members kidnapped in the Libyan capital Tripoli have been released and the rest should follow soon.

Neither Libyan nor Egyptian offered any details on the release late yesterday.

Five Egyptian diplomats and an embassy staff member were kidnapped late on Friday and early on Saturday. It was not clear who abducted them.

Libyan foreign ministry spokesman Said al-Asswad says two of the diplomats and the embassy staffer have already been freed.

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelattie confirmed that some were released, attributing it to official and "unofficial" mediation.

The kidnapping followed the arrest of a senior Libyan militia leader in Egypt.

Mr Abdelattie says the two incidents were unrelated, adding that the militia leader was under investigation, without elaborating..



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