(Adds Italian Foreign Ministry spokesman's comments)
TRIPOLI, July 6 Three Europeans working for an
Italian construction company have probably been kidnapped in
Libya, officials from the Libyan and Italian governments said on
Libya has seen a rise in kidnappings of diplomats,
foreigners and Libyans, with a fractious government and
parliament unable to control militias who helped oust Muammar
Gaddafi in 2011.
A car used by Italian, Macedonian and Bosnian engineers was
found abandoned in the town of Zuwara, west of the capital
Tripoli, an official in the local town council told Reuters.
"They are missing and we suspect they have been kidnapped,"
said the official, without giving further details.
A spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry named the
missing Italian as Marco Vallisa, an employee of Piacentini
Costruzioni SpA based in northern Italy, and said the ministry
"presumes him to have been kidnapped".
The spokesman declined to give details about the other two
(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami and Gavin Jones; editing by Ralph