Mongi Hamdi also said Tunisia was considering reducing its
diplomatic mission in Libya, where kidnappings have become
commonplace, with foreign officials often the targets.
The adviser at the Tunisian embassy was taken on Thursday, becoming
the second Tunisian diplomat to be kidnapped in the Libyan capital
within a month.
"We have been able to learn the identity of the kidnappers," Hamdi
told reporters on Friday. "They belong to the family of a group of
terrorists detained in Tunisia because of their involvement in
attacks (three years ago) against security forces in (Tunisia's)
Libya's weak interim government has been unable to disarm former
rebels and Islamist militants who fought to depose ex-leader Muammar
Gaddafi in 2011 and who have formed increasingly powerful and
On Tuesday, gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya and
demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in
exchange for the diplomat's freedom.
(Reporting by Tarek Amara; editing by Ulf Laessing)
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