Sladjana Stankovic

Serbia, US at Odds Over Diplomats' Deaths in Libya

Serbia and the US continue to dispute the causes of the deaths in Libya of the two kidnapped Serbian embassy employes, Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic.

Belgrade maintains a US air strike against the Islamic State, ISIS, last week killed them but Pentagon officials blame a "criminal group", which it says used the US bombing as an alibi to kill them.

Kidnapped Serbian embassy staffers killed in U.S. airstrike

Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic - employees of the Serbian embassy in Libya kidnapped last year - have "probably been killed in a U.S. airstrike."

This was announced on Saturday by Serbia's foreign minister, Ivica Dacic. Speaking later in the day, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic confirmed that the two Serbians are among the victims.

Serbia Confirms Death of Embassy Employees in Libya

"We are united in grief after the death of our compatriots... Their bodies will be brought to Serbia late on Monday," Vucic told a press conference Saturday.

Serbian PM blamed Ahmed Abashi, a Libyan smuggler, for the kidnapping of two Serbian embassy officials.

Vucic also called on the remaining 250 Serbs to leave Libya immediately.