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Egypt envoys quit Libya following 5 kidnappings

TRIPOLI--Egypt's ambassador and his staff have left Libya for security reasons after the kidnapping of five of their colleagues, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

“The ambassador and more than 50 staff and diplomats of the Egyptian embassy left Tripoli on Saturday evening,” ministry spokesman Saeed Lassoued told AFP.

The evacuation had been decided on security grounds, he said, as Libyan authorities worked to secure the release of the abducted diplomats.

Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani has implicitly linked the kidnappings to the arrest in Egypt on Friday of a prominent former Libyan rebel commander who fought in the 2011 uprising against Moammar Gadhafi.

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