Egyptian hostages in Libya released

Egyptian diplomatic staff in Libya who were kidnapped on Saturday after Egypt arrested Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room commander Shabaan Hediya were released on Sunday night.

Egyptian hostages in Libya released

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Libyan Foreign Ministry has confirmed that militants had freed six Egyptian nationals, including five Embassy staffers, who had been abducted over the weekend.

The six Egyptians were released on Sunday night, spokesman Said al-Asswad told Anadolu Agency.

The Egyptians, including the cultural attaché and four embassy staffers, were kidnapped shortly after Egypt arrested Shabaan Hediya, a former leader of the Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room, a local armed group.

On Sunday, Hediya told a private Libyan television channel that he had been released by Egyptian authorities.

"My detention was the result of a misunderstanding regarding my papers," he told the channel, adding that Egyptian authorities had treated him well.

Hediya, who said he would be returning to Libya in two days, condemned the abduction of the Egyptian nationals.

"The issue should have been left to diplomatic efforts," he asserted, denying any links to the Muslim Brotherhood or any other Islamist group.

Egyptian authorities have not yet confirmed the release of the abductees.

Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2014, 09:32
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