A Libyan manager for Eni’s Mellitah oil and gas joint venture was kidnapped Monday by an unknown assailant.

Yousef al-Shoumanik, a member of the venture’s administrative management team, was kidnapped from a Mellitah operated complex Libya, Reuters said.

Further details about the incident and where it occured have not been released yet.

Staff members denounced the kidnapping on Libyan television and social media and called for better security for oil and gas workers.

No group has taken responsibility for the kidnapping yet.

The Mellitah joint venture is co-owned by Italy’s Eni and Libya’s state owned National Oil Company.

The joint venture operates the troubled Wafa and El Feel oilfields and an oil and gas exporting facility in western Libya.

Neither company has commented on the kidnapping.

Libya’s oil and gas assets have become a favorite target of terrorist groups and the country’s two rival governments.

In February, Eni cut the number of expatriates working in offshore Libya as government clashes and terrorist attacks prompted multiple field closures.

Last month, Eni saw its daily Libyan output has risen above pre-war levels despite ongoing conflicts in the country.


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