Libyan minister freed after brief kidnapping
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising against the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions. (AFP/File)
A Libyan deputy foreign minister was released Monday, a day after his kidnapping by gunmen in the eastern city of Al-Bayda where the recognized government is based, reports AFP.
"Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan al-Saghir has been freed," a ministry official said, without giving details. Saghir himself, contacted by AFP, said only that he was fine.
The interior ministry and army command have denied any link to the abduction.
The deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government was kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday, gunmen entered the residency of Hassan al-Saghir under the guise of security forces and took him away in a car.