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A group of Libyan security personnel on Thursday detained several Egyptian trucks along with their drivers to pressure the Libyan government into paying their overdue salaries, a security official from the northeastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya said.
"Security personnel stopped the trucks to pressure the Libyan government into paying their salaries," Mustafa Abu Fajra, the head of Ajdabiya's National Security Room, told Anadolu Agency.
Egyptian media put the number of seized trucks at 100, but Ajdabiya's local council deputy head Muftah al-Kadeki, said the number did not exceed 20.
"The trucks were stopped on a desert road connecting Ajdabiya with the coastal city of Tobruk," al-Kadeki told AA on the phone.
He said efforts were being made to convince the security personnel holding the trucks to release them.
No comment has been made on the incident yet by either Libyan or Egyptian authorities.
There has been a spike of attacks against Egyptian citizens working in Libya and trucks carrying goods from Egypt to the turbulent country over the past months.
The rise in such attacks prompted the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to issue repeated warnings against travel to Libya. The ministry also advised Egyptians living and working in Libya to be cautious.
Libya has been struggling to restore order more than two years after the ouster of late strongman Muammar Gaddafi.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2014, 10:09