Several dozen Tunisian nationals were kidnapped in several incidents by unidentified militiamen in Libya on 13 October 2015, in response to the arrest three days earlier of a Libyan official in Tunisia.
The militiamen were demanding the release of Hussein al-Zawadi, head of the Sabratha local council, who was arrested on 10 October at Carthage International Airport in Tunis.
One group of Tunisian workers was taken off a Tripoli-bound bus while it was held at a checkpoint near Sabratha. Unconfirmed social media reports indicate that militiamen also went door-to-door in Tripoli searching for Tunisian nationals.
The Tunisian Foreign Ministry said on 13 October that 55 Tunisians had been released.