Italy's foreign ministry says that two Italian workers have been kidnapped in Libya.

The ministry said in a brief statement that it had learned on Monday about the abduction. It declined to provide further details, citing the "delicateness" of the situation.

News reports have said the two men work for a construction company in the Libyan city of Ghat, and that a third person was also kidnapped. But the ministry said it had no information to provide about a third person.