Armed Libyans have kidnapped around 100 Tunisian workers near the western Libyan town of Zaouia, demanding the release of four Libyans held in Tunisia, a Tunisian rights group said Tuesday.
The workers were taken hostage late Monday, Lassad Jamoussi of the Tunisian League for Human Rights told AFP.
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The abductions coincided with the kidnapping of another 80 Tunisians along the Tunisia-Libya border, according to the Tunisian foreign ministry's consular affairs chief, Samir Jemai.
Five Tunisian men were kidnapped in the same area on April 7 and released two days later.
The border zone is plagued by violence and black-market trade and has seen a surge of arms trafficking since the Libyan uprising that overthrew Moamer Kadhafi in August last year.