TRIPOLI - Two Libyan journalists were abducted in a former stronghold of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi after covering the North African country's historic elections, media freedom groups said, highlighting the ongoing instability after last year's war.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said reporter-cameraman Abdelqadir Fassouk and cameraman Yusuf Badi, who both work for the Misrata-based Tobacts TV station, disappeared on Saturday near Bani Walid, one of the last Gaddafi strongholds to fall during the eight-month conflict.

The journalists had covered the elections in the western town of Mizdah and were headed back to the TV station, based Libya's third largest city Misrata. Tobacts TV lost contact with the journalists at 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Saturday and reported their disappearance to the interior ministry five hours later, the committee cited a Tobacts TV spokesman saying.

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