Briton, New Zealander found shot to death in Libya

AP News
Posted: Jan 02, 2014 4:50 PM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A British man and a New Zealand woman were found shot to death in western Libya, a Libyan security official said Thursday.

He said the two were both teachers in the capital Tripoli. Their bodies were found next to their luggage near an oil and gas complex outside the western city of Sabratha, the official said. Their belongings were not stolen and the motive for their killing was unclear.

The discovery comes less than a month after an American teacher was killed in the eastern city of Benghazi. The attackers have not been identified.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. He had no additional details on the identity of the two.

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.

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.