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Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya

The abduction is the latest in a string of incidents targeting foreign diplomats and Libyan politicians alike

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A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped in the Libyan capital on Thursday, a security source told Agence France-Presse.

The circumstances behind the abduction are still unknown.

A spokesman for the foreign ministry said it was unclear who was behind the kidnapping of the Tunisian diplomat.

An official in Tunisia's foreign ministry said: "We can not confirm that he has been kidnapped but we have been unable to contact him."

The abduction of the Tunisian diplomat is the latest incident in which Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats have been targeted in the increasingly lawless North African country.

On Tuesday, the Jordanian ambassador to Libya was kidnapped by gunmen demanding the release of a Libyan prisoner held in Jordan.

(with AFP and Reuters)