Serbian embassy staff kidnapped in Libya believed killed in US ISIS raid

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BELGRADE – Two Serbian embassy staff, abducted in Libya, are believed to have been killed in a US raid on an Islamic State training camp, the Serbian foreign minister has announced.

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The report of the two Serbians’ deaths is yet to be confirmed by the Libyan authorities, Ivica Dacic told media at an emergency conference.

Communications chief Sladjana Stankovic and her driver Jovica Stepic were abducted in the northwestern coastal city of Sabratha on November 8, 2015, when their car was separated from a convoy carrying Serbia’s ambassador to Libya and hijacked by gunmen.

They are thought to have been killed by US warplanes, which bombed a suspected IS camp in western Libya on Friday. The raid reportedly killed more than 40 people.

“We are expecting identification of the victims, so formally we cannot confirm the information,” Dacic said.

According to the Pentagon, the strike targeted Noureddine Chouchane, the Tunisian suspected of masterminding the deadly attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March, 2015.

While the US claimed the bombing was a major success, it also landed on legal shaky ground, as the strike may have been carried out without any legal justification.

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