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7 Iranian Red Crescent workers released in Libya

Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – A Libyan official in the eastern city of Benghazi says seven Iranian Red Crescent workers who were abducted in late July have been released.

The official says the Iranians flew out of the Benghazi airport Saturday. He offered no further details and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

Iran’s semiofficial ISNA news agency says the seven are in good condition and on their way home.

Gunmen kidnapped the Iranians shortly after their arrival in Benghazi, the birthplace of the Libyan revolution, in July.

Since Libya’s civil war ended with the capture and killing of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi last October, the country has been beset by lawlessness, including frequent abductions.

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