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Libyan militants kidnap, threaten to kill Tunisian embassy employee

An employee of the Tunisian Embassy in Tripoli, Mohamed Bechikh, has been missing since March 21. On Saturday, Libyan militant group Chabab Tawhid posted a video of Bechikh calling on the Tunisian government to negotiate with the militant group and stating that his kidnappers were threatening to kill him.

By JC Finley
Libyan militants kidnap, threaten to kill Tunisian embassy employee
An aerial view of Tripoli, Libya in 2007. (Gary Denham/Flickr)

TRIPOLI, Libya, April 21 (UPI) -- Libyan militant group Chabab Tawhid (Youth of Unification) released a video on Saturday showing footage of missing Tunisian embassy employee Mohamed Bechikh, who was kidnapped on March 21 from Tripoli.

In the video, Bechikh said that his kidnappers were threatening to kill him. "They can kill me... I want to go back to Tunisia."

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Bechikh relayed a message from Chabab Tawhid, asking the Tunisian government to "negotiate seriously" with the militant group and stated "this is a legitimate request."

Another Tunisia diplomat, Aroussi Gantassi, was kidnapped on April 17 from Tripoli. It is unclear whether he was also taken by Chabab Tawhid.

[Tunisia Live]

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