ROME, March 23 An Italian man has been kidnapped
near the eastern city of Tobruk and there has been no
communication from his kidnappers as yet, said the Italian
Foreign Ministry on Sunday, adding he was a diabetic who did not
have his insulin supplies with him.
A spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry said Gianluca
Salviato was kidnapped on Saturday by a gang it suspected of
being a criminal organisation intending to seek a ransom, rather
than an Islamist group.
"The fact that he is a diabetic adds a sense of urgency to
the situation because his life is in danger," the spokesman told
Reuters on Sunday.
The search began for Salviato when he failed to arrive at
the construction site of a sewer project his company, Enrico
Ravanelli SpA, began in October 2012.
His car was later found with the keys in it, and his medical
kit sitting on the passenger seat.
The weak central government in Tripoli wields little
influence over the eastern part of the country, where well-armed
militias have taken root since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi three
Italy's Foreign Ministry has issued several warnings for its
citizens not to travel to that part of the country, where
Libya's government troops on Saturday fought rebels occupying
eastern oil ports.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Sophie Hares)