Korean Trade Official Rescued in Libya

Han Seok-woo Han Seok-woo

The head of the local branch of the state-run Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Tripoli was rescued safely on Wednesday, three days after he was kidnapped by armed insurgents in the Libyan capital.

The Foreign Ministry here said Han Seok-woo was rescued from his kidnappers on Wednesday afternoon and handed over to the Korean Embassy. He seems to be well.

Han had been kidnapped by four armed men on his way home in downtown Tripoli on Sunday evening.

After finding out the whereabouts of Han and his kidnappers, Libyan authorities carried out a secret operation to catch the kidnappers even while negotiating with them for his release. The four men surrendered without resistance and are being questioned. They reportedly belong to a local armed youth group.

The motive is unclear.

A ministry official said Han experienced no violence or abuse in captivity.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 24, 2014 10:34 KST