Gadhafi Loyalists Abduct 4 Italian Journalists In Libya

The rebels might be gaining grounds in Libya, but some of the loyal soldiers of soon to be deposed Libyan president Moammar Gadhafi continue to sow havoc in the capital Tripoli. According to reports, four Italian journalists were abducted and robbed by soldiers loyal to Gadhafi as they were transversing a  highway to Tripoli on
Wednesday.

In the initial investigation received by the Italian embassy, the victims were travelling along the highway of  Zawiya, a town 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Tripoli, and the Libyan capital when they were taken by the Libyan soldiers.

The abducted victims  were identified as two reporters from Milan daily Corriere della Sera, one from Turin’s La Stampa and one from Avvenire, the daily of the Italian Catholic bishops Conference. The Italian embassy said the names of the abd ucted journalists were as follows Claudio Monici, Elisabetta Rosaspina and Giuseppe Saracina of Corriere della Sera and Domenico Quirico of La Stampa. Based on the initial investigation, the suspects took the victims money and other valuables after the attack.

Relevant information received by the Italian embassy state that the victims are being held at a house near a  “well-known shopping center that belongs to
Gadhafi’s daughter in Tripoli. The Italian embassy said they are now doing their best to rescue the kidnapped journalists safely from their abductors.