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Briton 'Shot Dead In Libya', Foreign Office Investigating Reports

03/01/2014 11:22 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 15:52 GMT
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An undated but recent handout picture showing the new Eni (The Italian oil and gas company) gas compression plant settled on the shore of Mellitah, Libya. The Mellitah plant is part of a new gas pipleine which will connect Libya to the Italian island of Sicily and will be inaugurated by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004. (AP Photo/Eni Press office)

A British national has been shot dead in Libya, according to reports.

The Foreign Office is investigating after the Briton and a New Zealander, both with gunshot wounds, were reportedly found dead in near the coastal area of Mellitah in western Libya, according to a Libyan security source.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of reports that the bodies of two foreign nationals have been found in Libya and are urgently seeking further information from the authorities."

Mellitah is near the town of Zuwarah and 100 km (60 miles) west of Tripoli.

The area is home to a large oil and gas complex co-owned by Italian company ENI.

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.