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Libyan militants kidnap 10 workers from Tunisia's consulate in Tripoli


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

Ten workers from Tunisia's consulate in Libyan capital, Tripoli were on Friday kidnapped by Libyan militiamen after storming the mission, the Tunisian  government has said, according to reports from AFP.

AFP says a foreign ministry statement denounced "the intrusion of an armed group in the offices of the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli and the detention of 10 staff of the mission."  Following the kidnapping, the government in Tunis  reportedly said a crisis cell had been established. An AFP correspondent said security forces sealed off the area around the consulate, banning journalists from the site and barring them from taking pictures.

Libya has descended into chaos since a NATO-backed revolt unseated longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. It has rival governments and parliaments, and powerful militias are battling for influence and a share of its oil wealth.