Samir Kamal. Image courtesy of news collection today/Youtube.

A senior Libyan oil official who has been missing since last Thursday may have been abducted, Libya’s National Oil Corporation said.

Samir Kamal, head of the planning department at Libya’s oil ministry and the country’s OPEC representative, went missing on January 15 after leaving his office.

The National Oil Company confirmed Kamal may have been kidnapped but has not given any further details about the incident.

No group has claimed responsibility for Kamal’s disappearance.

Kamal’s family have contacted a number of groups about his possible whereabouts but have been unable to find him.

“Some are telling us he is alright but at the same time denying they know where he is. We have contacted all groups and officials and they deny they have him,” an unnamed family member told the BBC.

Libya’s oil and gas sector has been a primary site of conflict between two rival governments fighting for control over the oil rich country.

The oil ministry is currently headed by a minister who is not affiliated with the country’s internationally recognized government.

The country’s oil production fell from a high of 1.6 million barrels per day to 350,000 barrels per day in December after opposition forces aligned with Islamist group Fajr Libya attacked key export terminals.

Libya’s internationally recognized government declared a ceasefire Sunday after the rival factions agreed to resume UN brokered peace talks.


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