Last updated: 17 April, 2012

Armed Libyans kidnap 100 Tunisians, says rights group

Armed Libyans have kidnapped around 100 Tunisian workers near the western Libyan town of Zaouia, demanding the release of four Libyans held in Tunisia, a Tunisian rights group said Tuesday.

The workers were taken hostage late Monday, Lassad Jamoussi of the Tunisian League for Human Rights told AFP.

The abductions coincided with the kidnapping of another 80 Tunisians along the Tunisia-Libya border, according to the Tunisian foreign ministry’s consular affairs chief, Samir Jemai.

Five Tunisian men were kidnapped in the same area on April 7 and released two days later.

The border zone is plagued by violence and black-market trade and has seen a surge of arms trafficking since the Libyan uprising that overthrew Moamer Kadhafi in August last year.