TRIPOLI, Libya: A British man and a New Zealand woman were found shot to death near an oil and gas complex in western Libya, a Libyan security official said Thursday.
The bodies were found next to their luggage outside the western city of Sabratha, the official said. Their belongings were not stolen and the motive for their killing was unclear, he said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
In London, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said that diplomats were aware of reports that the bodies of two foreign nationals had been found in Libya "and are urgently seeking further information from the authorities." She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with official policy.
Foreigners have been attacked before in Libya, including an American teacher killed last month. Two years after the 2011 toppling of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the central government is unable to control unruly militias, some of which are Islamic hard-liners.