Four Italian journalists have been kidnapped and their driver killed yesterday as they travelled on a highway to Tripoli.
The Italian Foreign Ministry, says the four were stopped on 24 August by a group of civilians on the highway between Zawiya, a city 50 kilometers west of Tripoli. They were handed over to military men, who brought them to a private house. One of the journalists called his agency and told that all four were all right. However they had their money and possessions taken.
The Italian news agency ANSA has quoted the Italian consul, Guido De Sanctis, in rebel-held Benghazi as saying that the four journalists are kept in an apartment building between Bab al-Aziziya and the Rixos Hotel.
(Sources: ANSA; 25 August 2011)