South Korean man abducted in Libya

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Seoul - A South Korean trade official has been kidnapped in Libya, the foreign ministry in Seoul said on Monday.

A foreign ministry official confirmed the identity of the kidnapped man as Han Seok-woo, the head of trade relations at the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency in Libya.

Yonhap News Agency said four men abducted Han when he was leaving for work at 1am Seoul time on Monday (18h00 GMT on Sunday). It said there had been no word yet from the kidnappers.

His whereabouts and the reason for the abduction were unknown.

Han took the post in July 2012 and was operating the office by himself with a number of interns, according to Yonhap.

South Korea's trade volume with Libya topped $949 million as of last August, KOTRA's Tripoli branch website said, with automobiles making up half of its exports to Libya. - Reuters

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