Officials in Rome on Thursday said that gunmen in Libya have abducted four Italian journalists on Wednesday.
According to officials, four journalists, who are working for Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera, La Stampa and Avvenire, were abducted near Zawiyah in western Libya when they were traveling toward Tripoli.
The journalists are now held in an apartment in Tripoli.
Italian consul in Benghazi, Guido de Sanctis, said he was able to speak to one of the journalists over phone, and learnt that they are safe and fine.
They also said they are being allowed to make overseas call to talk to their colleagues and receive calls from Italian officials and their offices.
But they told Guido de Sanctis that gunmen killed their driver.
Italian foreign ministry officials said that they are doing everything possible to get four journalists freed.