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S. Korea to send envoy to Libya for hostage release efforts

All Headlines 09:48 August 08, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to dispatch a special envoy to Libya for consultations on ways to win the release of a South Korean national kidnapped by an unidentified armed group there, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will soon send Baik Joo-hyeon, former ambassador to Kazakhstan, to the North African country as her special envoy.

The South Korean man and three Filipinos were taken hostage on July 6 in an attack on a water project site in western Libya, according to the authorities.

A video clip showing them was posted on social media last week amid the government's monthlong secret activity to locate and rescue the hostages.

Baik served as the ministry's director-general of the consular affairs bureau in the early 2010s before his stint as ambassador to Kazakhstan.

He handled efforts to resolve two kidnapping cases involving South Korean fisherman operating in waters near Somalia.

This file photo shows Baik Joo-hyeon, South Korea's former ambassador to Kazakhstan. (Yonhap)

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