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U.S. Air Strike Kills Two Abducted Serbian Embassy Staff In Libya

Two Serbian embassy staff members kidnapped in Libya in November are believed to have been killed in U.S. air strikes against a suspected Islamic State (IS) training camp, Serbia’s foreign minister said on February 20.

Sladjana Stankovic, a communications officer, and Jovica Stepic, a driver, were taken hostage on November 8 after their diplomatic convoy, including the ambassador, was ambushed near the coastal city of Sabratha.

Dacic said that information about their deaths was given to Serbia by foreign officials but has not been confirmed by the Libyan government.

U.S. officials said on February 19 that the U.S. strike killed dozens of people, most likely including Noureddine Chouchane, a senior IS group operative behind attacks in Tunisia.

Sabratha, 70 kilometers west of Tripoli, is considered a hub of extremists who receive training in militant camps to carry out deadly attacks in other countries.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP

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