Jan 3 2014
A Briton has been found dead from gunshot wounds in Libya, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
The British man and a woman from New Zealand were shot dead near the coastal area of Mellitah in the west of the country , according to a Libyan security source.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the tragic death of a Briton in Libya and we stand ready to provide consular assistance."
It is not believed the victim's family is yet aware of his death.
A photograph which is claimed to be of the dead pair has been posted on Facebook.
The grim picture, which was taken at night, shows them both lying face down on sand.
Near them is what appears to be a picnic blanket with their belongings spread out on it, alongside a backpack.
Mellitah is near the town of Zuwarah and 60 miles (100km) west of Tripoli.
The area is home to a large oil and gas complex co-owned by Italian company ENI.
The killings come a month after a US teacher was shot dead in the eastern city of Benghazi, after which the Foreign Office said further attacks against Westerners were likely.
Sources said the British man was not a teacher, contrary to reports.
There were also claims that the pair were workers at Mellitah Oil and Gas, which ranks itself as the biggest oil company in Libya.
No one at the company was available for comment.