Armed group storms Tunisian consulate in Libyan capital, kidnap 10 staff

An image taken from jihadist media outlet Wilayat Trablus on June 9, 2015 allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters running towards what they say is a power plant in the southern Libyan city of Sirte

An armed group stormed the Tunisian consulate in the Libyan capital Tripoli and kidnapped 10 staff on Friday, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry did not identify the armed group, but called the assault a “blatant attack on Tunisian national sovereignty and a flagrant violation of international laws”.

Tunisia is one of only a few countries which still has a mission in Tripoli, a city which is controlled by a group that has set up its own government, a rival to Libya’s internationally recognized leaders.

Tunisian authorities last month arrested Walid Kalib, a member of that rival group, Libya Dawn. On Thursday, a Tunisian court refused to release Kalib who faces kidnapping charges in Tunisia…

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