Libya: kidnapped diplomats alive and well says Al-Thani

Jordanian and Tunisians abducted by two sets of extremists

28 April, 18:58

    (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, APRIL 28 - A Jordanian ambassador and two Tunisian diplomats who were abducted by radicals in Libya are alive and well, resigning interim Premier Abdullah al-Thani told Al Nabaa TV in an interview Monday.

    Jordan's ambassador to Libya, Fawaz al-Itan, was seized in Tripoli two weeks ago, shortly after Tunisian embassy advisor Larousi Kontassi. The secretary to the Tunisian ambassador, Mohammed Bel Sheik, was reportedly kidnapped in Tripoli over a month ago.

    The Jordanian ambassador was abducted by a group demanding Jordan release a Libyan extremist who has been in prison in Amman for the past nine years.

    The two Tunisians were abducted by relatives of a group of Libyan terrorists incarcerated in Tunisia for orchestrating an attack on security forces there three years ago. Those kidnappers also demanded Tunisia release some of its radical Islamist prisoners in exchange for their captive.

    The former premier said the authorities are negotiating with both sets of kidnappers, who have sent videos proving their captives are alive.

    This is the latest of a spate of kidnappings for prisoner exchange purposes in Libya, following that of five Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli in January. They were liberated in exchange for the release of a Libyan prisoner in Egypt. (ANSAmed).

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