Four Italian workers have been kidnapped in Libya.
The incident happened near an industrial complex owned by energy company Eni in the western city of Mellitah.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said the employees had been kidnapped on Sunday.
Intelligence agents are now working to get more information on the timeline leading up to the incident.
The ministry closed its embassy in February this year and urged Italians to leave the region because of conflict in the North African country.
The four members of staff were employees of the Bonatti construction company.
A number of kidnappings have taken place in Libya in recent months.
Last month reports surfaced that a manager working for Libya’s Mellitah had been taken.
The staff member had been working for the consortium, which is owned by state oil firm NOC and Italy’s ENI.
Mellitah operates a complex in Libya which exports oil and gas as well as the Wafa and El Feel oilfields.
Libya has been hit with fighting between rival factions and protests in recent months.
In March oil workers were released after being held hostage for 18 days.
Two Bangladeshi workers who were kidnapped along with seven others from an oilfield in Libya were freed and taken to a hospital on the south coast of the country.
The men had been kidnapped from the al Ghani oilfield on March 6.