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Gunmen abduct Jordan envoy in Libya

15 April 2014, 12:29

Tripoli - A Libyan official says gunmen have abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli.

Libya's foreign ministry's spokesperson Said al-Aswad says several masked gunmen in civilian clothes and in two cars attacked the car of Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan on Tuesday morning in Tripoli.

Al-Aswad says the assailants opened fire at the ambassador's vehicle, wounding his driver and forcing al-Etan out at gunpoint.

Sabah al-Rafie, the spokesperson for the Jordanian foreign ministry, confirmed the kidnapping. She had no further details but said the Jordanian government was following the matter closely with the Libyan authorities.

Abductions are rife in Libya since the 2011 uprising that resulted in the toppling of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Officials are most often targeted but diplomats and journalists have also frequently been subjected to kidnappings, threats and attacks.

- AP


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