A New Zealand woman and a British man shot dead in Libya were
found with their luggage outside a major gas and oil
company's complex near Tripoli.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was last night working with
Libyan authorities to establish the woman's identity.
She was found dead alongside a man, thought to be from
Britain, on Thursday. The pair were shot to death and their
bodies were on a beach outside the Mellitah Oil and Gas
complex, about 100km west of Tripoli.
They were lying next to their luggage when they were found,
and their belongings were intact.
It is not known why the pair were killed. Some reports said
they were teachers, and others said they worked at the
Last night, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman
could not give any further information.
"MFAT is aware of reports that a New Zealander may have been
killed in Libya," he said. "We are working with the relevant
authorities to confirm this.
"The bodies have not yet been formally identified and the
next of kin have not yet been informed."
The British Government was also looking into the incident.
"We are urgently seeking further information from the
authorities," a British Foreign Office representative said.
It is understood the bodies have been taken to Tripoli.
A control room operator at Mellitah Oil and Gas said the two
worked for the company.
"There is no exact information about where they were
working," he told APNZ.
He had been told they had jobs at Mellitah.
"I haven't seen an English man or a New Zealand woman here
before, but they have told us that they have jobs at
The operator said he did not know why the pair had been
"The thing that we know is that both of them died. We don't
know also the reason ... "
He said the killings had made foreign and local workers at
the complex afraid.