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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/01/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A South Korean trade agency employee kidnapped in Libya has been confirmed to be unharmed, a ranking government official said Tuesday.

Han Seok-woo, the head of the Libya unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), was abducted Monday by four unidentified Libyan gunmen on his way home, prompting Seoul to ramp up efforts to win his release, according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agenc

"Han has been confirmed to be unharmed," the official said, without disclosing how he confirmed his safety and who was behind the abductio

The government is considering all possibilities for who is behind the kidnapping, the official said, adding "but for now, it is unlikely that a political motive is behind the abductio." The government has been maintaining confidentiality in dealing with abduction cases, but the official's remarks are seen as indicating that the government may have located the culprit and begun negotiations to free Ha

Ransom may be the motive for the kidnapping, experts said, citing the absence of terrorist groups claiming the abductio

The official said that the government will avail of all public and private channels to secure the release of Han, including diplomatic routes and the South Korean community in Liby

"We are receiving information and help from countries close to Libya and our allies that are very knowledgeable about internal affairs in Liby

We also hope to see more cooperation from them," the official said


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