Vastavam web: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said seven Indians were kidnapped in Libya last month and that India was in touch with the authorities concerned to secure their release, reported. The seven were from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and were working at a construction and oil field supplies company. The Indians were kidnapped at a place called Asshwerif on September 14 when they were on their way to the Tripoli airport to catch a flight to India, said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava at a media briefing.
Srivastava said the Indian embassy in Tunisia was in touch with the Libyan government as well as the international organisations. The Indian mission in Tunisia handles matters relating to the welfare of Indians in Libya. This is not the first time that Indians have been kidnapped in Libya. In 2014, 39 Indian workers were abducted by the Islamic State group in Libya from the Iraqi city of Mosul. In 2015, four Indians were kidnapped and later released.