Dutchman reported killed in Libya

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A Dutchman has been killed in the fighting in Libya report Dutch GPD media. The man worked as a diver for an oil company and is the first Dutch casualty in the conflict. The cause of death has not been announced to prevent the man's identity becoming known before the family has been informed.

Pro-Gaddafi militias attacked the man and his two Dutch colleagues in their compound. Their equipment was stolen and the men were locked up for two days.

After the attack, the three men left for Benghazi. Here a Dutch correspondent came across two of the men in an ambulance. The man was already dead. The third diver is believed to have travelled to Egypt.

The men were had daily contact with the Dutch Foreign Ministry until Wednesday, but they did not want to leave Libya. On Tuesday, one of the men said he did want to leave, but by then the conflict had escalated making it difficult to evacuate him.

The Dutch foreign ministry says it will do everything it can to repatriate the body, once it has confirmation of his death.


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