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S Korean trade official kidnapped in Libya

South Korea said Monday that a government trade official had been kidnapped in Libya, amid ongoing instability following the ouster and death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

SEOUL: South Korea said Monday that a government trade official had been kidnapped in Libya, amid ongoing instability following the ouster and death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Han Seok-woo, the head of the Libya unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), was kidnapped in the capital of Tripoli on his way home after work on Sunday, a foreign ministry official who declined to be named told AFP.

Han was captured by four unidentified gunmen who dragged him out of his car, shoved him into their own vehicle and drove away, while leaving his Iraqi driver behind, according to the official.

Han has worked in the KOTRA office in Tripoli since 2012, Yonhap news agency said, citing Seoul officials.

Libya has been plagued by violence and sporadic armed unrest in many parts of the country since Gaddafi's overthrow.

Its deputy industry minister was shot dead last week and Tripoli declared a state of emergency Saturday after fresh clashes with armed groups in the south.

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