Egypt says kidnapped Egyptians are held in Bani Walid, soon to return home

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Egypt’s foreign ministry announced Saturday that the six Egyptians reported kidnapped near Tripoli last week are currently being held by local authorities in the north-western Libyan city of Bani Walid.

Last week, a foreign ministry aide said the Egyptians, who work in Libya, were abducted by an armed group in the Libyan city as they were departing for Egypt.

Late on Saturday, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement that the men are now being held by provincial authorities, adding that necessary measures for their release are underway, yet he did not elaborate on the reason for the men’s detention.

The information was relayed to the ministry by the Egyptian Embassy in Tripoli, currently operating from Cairo due to the turbulent security situation in Libya.

The embassy “was informed following calls [it has made] that the six Egyptians who were stopped while on their way back from Tripoli are now being held by local authorities in the city of Bani Walid,” the ministry quoted the embassy as saying.

The foreign ministry renewed its call that all citizens should avoid travelling to Libya due to the unstable security conditions in the war-torn country, urging Egyptians living there to stay away from areas of violence and clashes.

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