A general view of security in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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"The ambassador and more than 50 staff and diplomats of the Egyptian embassy left Tripoli on Saturday evening," ministry spokesman Saeed Lassoued told AFP.The evacuation had been decided on security grounds, he said, as Libyan authorities worked to secure the release of the abducted diplomats. Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani has implicitly linked the kidnappings to the arrest in Egypt on Friday of a prominent former Libyan rebel commander who fought in the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gadhafi. Kidnappers seized Egypt's cultural attache and three other embassy staff on Saturday, a day after a group snatched another Egyptian official in the city.Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty has confirmed Hadeia was detained in Egypt.
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