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Oil worker from Cornwall trapped in Libya 'on way home'

Ian Kirkland (l) and his wife Glynis
Image caption Glynis Kirkland is more worried about her husband than she has been in his 30 years in the oil industry

An oil worker from Cornwall who was trapped in Libya is on his way home, his wife says.

Ian Kirkland, a 59-year-old drilling specialist from Connor Downs, had been in a compound about 500 miles (800km) from the capital, Tripoli.

Glynis Kirkland said that her husband had contacted her and said he was on his way home via Istanbul.

Earlier this week, Mr Kirkland reported he was safe but there had been looting and shots fired near the compound.

He added that the compound's food and water supplies had been running low.

Mrs Kirkland said her husband had worked in the oil industry around the world for 30 years, but she had never been so anxious as she had been in recent days.

Anti-government protesters in Tripoli have come under heavy gunfire, latest reports from the Libyan capital say.

The Plymouth-based frigate HMS Cumberland has picked up more than 200 people and is taking them to Malta.

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