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Mark De Salis had worked Libya for six years. He was shot to death last week with a female friend from New Zealand.

Their bodies were found near the coastal area of Mellitah in western Libya. The woman, described as a close friend of De Salis, hasn’t been named.

His family members told the Yorkshire Post,

“Mark enjoyed his work in Tripoli and liked the Libyan people.

“Mark enjoyed travelling and had travelled extensively.

“He was a decent and incredibly loyal man and he was loved by many.

“He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

“We would ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”

A photograph claimed to be of the dead pair was posted on Facebook.

The grim picture, which was taken at night, shows both the of the dead lying face down on sand, the Mail said.

Near them is what appears to be a picnic blanket with their belongings spread out on it, alongside a backpack.

The photo may indicate they were on a picnic and that robbery wasn’t the motive.

The killings come a month after a US teacher was shot dead in the eastern city of Benghazi, after which the Foreign Office said further attacks against Westerners were likely, the Mail reported.

The UK Foreign Office issued a statement that said, “The family of Mark De Salis are shocked and devastated to hear about Mark’s death in Libya.

De Salis worked for First Engineering as a power manager.

Libyan police don’t know the motive for the killings.

Both bodies have been taken to Tripoli for post-mortem examinations to be carried out, the Yorkshire Post said.

Mellitah is 60 miles west of Tripoli.

The giant oil and gas complex there is co-owned and operated by by Italy’s ENI.

Foreign Office officials have already urged the Libyan government to hold a “thorough investigation” into the murders, noting that its Charge d’Affaires has raised the shooting with the Libyan authorities, the report said.

“Security experts say Islamist violence directed at expat workers is an increasing concern across north Africa. The Foreign Office advises against all travel to most parts of Libya, including Benghazi, and against all but essential travel to coastal areas to the west and east, including Tripoli,” the Yorkshire Post said.