By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli, 19 April 2014:
The Tunisian embassy in Tripoli has halved its staff since the abduction of embassy advisor Aroussi . . .[restrict]Gontassi on Thursday. Confirming the move, the ambassador, Ridha Boukadi, told the Libya Herald that there was as yet no news of Gontassi or of his whereabouts.
As regards the kidnapping of two Tunisian engineers working for a Tunisian engineering company on Tuesday, he said they have been freed by “criminal gangs” after a ransom was paid.
With regard to Mohamed Cheikh Rouhou, his secretary who was abducted a month ago, the ambassador indicated that there were contacts with those holding him. Although not free, the ambassador said that he was “fine”.
“We’re continue to monitor the situation on the ground and are in constant contact regarding those who are kidnapped,” he said. The Libya authorities, however, were not able to deal with the situation at the moment. [/restrict]