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Serbia announces abduction of two diplomats near Tripoli

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Two Serbian employees of the embassy in Tripoli were abducted in a fire attack on a convoy that included the ambassador Oliver Potezica.

The foreign ministry explained in a statement that, a female communication officer and a male driver were abducted on Sunday during the attack near the city of Sabratha, west of the capital, Tripoli.

“On the way to Tunisia, the motorcade, which included a car with the Serbian ambassador and another one with the driver and the communication officer, was intercepted. A few shots were heard, and a Libyan citizen was hit in the leg,” the statement said.

The Serbian foreign minister, Ivica Dacic said that no requests have been made. The statement identified them as Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic.

The ministry is doing everything to secure more information and a safe return of the Serbian citizens in a very complicated situation on the ground,” the statement added.

Minister Dacic discussed the situation with his Libyan counterpart Emhemmed Abdulaziz. The Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation that he had spoken with Libyan officials and that he expected a positive outcome of events within 48 hours.

Libya has been in chaos in recent years with two governments vying for power and armed groups backing each side.

Several rounds of the UN-sponsored peace talks have so far failed to end the crisis in Libya with a solution that satisfies all parties.