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Spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zaid, announced the release of six Egyptians detained in Libya, where an armed group demanded paying sums of money for their release, prompting their families to appeal to the Egyptian authorities to intervene.

Five suspected migrant smugglers, including three Bangladeshi and two Sudanese nationals who reached Lampedusa, Italy on December 26, were arrested by police on aggravated charges of favoring illegal migration, criminal association, torture and kidnapping for extortion, judicial sources said Monday.