Jordanian ambassador to Libya kidnapped in Tripoli

Published April 15th, 2014 - 08:08 GMT

Unidentified Libyan gunmen on Tuesday abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli, officials reported.

Libya's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Said al-Aswad says several masked gunmen who were transported by two cars and were wearing civilian clothes attacked the vehicle of Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan on Tuesday morning in Tripoli, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Al-Aswad said that the militants opened fire at al-Etan's vehicle, wounding his driver and forcing the diplomat out at gunpoint.

Sabah al-Rafie, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, confirmed the kidnapping, according to AP. She had no further details but said the Jordanian government working closely with the Libyan authorities to ensure that al-Etan is returned safely.

Abductions in Libya have been on the up since the 2011 uprising that resulted in the toppling of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Officials are most often targeted but diplomats and journalists have also frequently been subjected to kidnappings, threats and attacks, according to AP.

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