Four foreign contractors working for Ubari gas-fired power plant were kidnapped on Friday, the General Electricity Company (GECOL) reports, two weeks after the successful operation of the fourth turbine of the plant.
The Media Office of GECOL said gunmen intercepted and abducted the four foreigners from Turkey and South Africa at 11:30 am local time shortly after their arrival at Ubari Airport in south Libya.
The power company condemned the abduction and called for the immediate release of the four workers, adding that their abduction will have negative consequences on the power projects in the country.
Meanwhile, local media sources from the oasis town of Ubari have given another account about the nationalities of the abductees, identifying them as three Turks and one German.
The sources explained that gunmen on three cars attacked the convoy of the foreign workers near Ubari power plant shortly after their arrival at the town’s airport.
“The attackers exchanged fire with the guards escorting the foreign workers before abducting them”. The sources said.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the abduction.