World Bulletin / News Desk
Libyan tribesman in the eastern port city of Brega have released scores of Egyptian trucks that they seized on Thursday in hopes of ratcheting up pressure on the Egyptian authorities to release a detained relative, an Egyptian official has said.
"At least 20 of the 80 trucks released by the Libyan militants have entered Egypt through the Sallum border crossing," crossing director Hussein al-Maabadi told Anadolu Agency.
The remaining trucks, he said, were expected home within hours.
"The militants were demanding the release of Mohamed Salama al-Maghrabi, who was arrested in Egypt earlier for illegal entry and unlicensed weapons possession," he added.
He refrained from saying, however, whether the release of the trucks had come about as the result of a deal.
Libya has recently seen a spike in attacks on Egyptian nationals working in the North African country and on trucks carrying goods from Egypt.
The attacks have prompted Egypt's Foreign Ministry to issue repeated warnings against travel to Libya and urge Egyptian expatriates in Libya to exercise caution.
Since the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has struggled to restore law and order.Last Mod: 21 Haziran 2014, 09:59