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South Korean official kidnapped in Libya

Last Updated: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 11:51

Seoul: A South Korean official has been kidnapped in Libya on his way home, Seoul`s Foreign Ministry said Monday.

"The official was abducted when he got off work. No further details, including the whereabouts and motive of the abduction, are confirmed yet," Xinhua quoted a ministry official as saying.
The trade official was kidnapped by four unidentified armed men on his way home after work in Libya`s capital city Tripoli Sunday, the foreign ministry official said.

The abducted official was identified as Han Seok-woo, head of the Libyan unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). Han, 39, has worked in the Tripoli office since July 2012.
It was the first time that a South Korean has been abducted in Libya, where public security is in a poor state.

Since the ouster of Libya`s long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country remained in shambles despite efforts to quell rising lawlessness.

South Korea will issue a special travel warning Monday afternoon to prevent its citizens from travelling to the North African country due to the abduction case, the ministry official said.

First Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 11:51

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