Libya update: Czech, Austrian, others missing after Libya oilfield attack

Smoke rises after an airstrike hit Maitiga airport early Thursday morning, in Tripoli March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hani Amara

(Reuters) – Around 10 foreigners are missing after an attack on a Libyan oil field and there is a possibility they have been taken hostage, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said on Saturday.

Zaoralek said the workers missing from the Al-Ghani field included a Czech and an Austrian and others from Bangladesh and the Philippines.

“We are examining the possibility that a kidnapping has taken place,” Zaoralek told Reuters.

Libya’s oil security forces said on Friday they had retaken control of the oilfield after militants attacked the facility, killing seven guards…

More:

March 6, 2015 (Reuters): EU may send team to Libya if peace talks succeed

March 6, 2015 (Reuters): U.N. experts concerned Libya arms could be diverted to militias

March 6, 2015 (NYT): UN Libya Envoy Says Airstrikes Threaten Peace Talks

March 5, 2015 (Financial Times): Italian PM Renzi appeals to Putin for Russian help to stabilise Libya

March 5, 2015 (NYT): Militants Attack Oil Field in Central Libya, Kill 8

March 5, 2015 (Middle East Eye): A journey into Benghazi’s ‘liberated’ districts (recommended, no pay wall, photos)

March 5, 2015 (UK Telegraph): Libya chaos deepens as Isil strikes threaten to halt oil production and government bombs Tripoli airport

March 4, 2015 (Reuters) Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter

March 5, 2015 (Reuters): Warplanes hit Tripoli airport before UN talks start

March 4, 2015 (Reuters) Libya declares force majeure on 11 oilfields due to insecurity: state oil co (i.e., they cannot deliver oil from the fields)

March 4, 2015 (Reuters) Libya forces carry out second day of rival air strikes on airports

March 3, 2015 (Hurriyet): Anti-Islamist general named Libya army chief

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  • Not sure you could pay me enough to work in Libya nowadays.

    • Frau Katze

      Nope, the situation is very bad and getting worse.

  • canminuteman

    I feel some sympathy for these guys, but at this point working in any of these countries makes you a candidate for a Darwin award.
    We should also stop aiding and abetting the enemy. If western people stopped working in these oil fields they’d cease operation in about a week. They could then get jobs doing the same thing here instead.