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Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya

File photo: Police officers man a checkpoint in the city of Tripoli, 20 February 2014Libya has faced insecurity and instability since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011

The Jordanian ambassador to Libya has been kidnapped in the capital Tripoli, in an attack that left his driver wounded, officials say.

Libya’s foreign ministry confirmed the kidnapping to the BBC, adding that the driver was in hospital.

The Jordanian embassy in Tripoli also confirmed the attack, but it is unclear who was behind it.

Libya has been plagued by instability since armed groups toppled Muammar Gaddafi from power in 2011.


“The Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped this morning. His convoy was attacked by a group of hooded men on board two civilian cars,” government spokesman Said Lassoued told AFP news agency.

On Sunday, Libya’s newly appointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni stepped down after what he described as a “cowardly attack” on him and his family by a militia.

Mr Thinni had been appointed as PM after his predecessor Ali Zeidan was sacked for failing to improve security.

In January, five Egyptian embassy staff were kidnapped in Tripoli for a few days before being freed.

Several kidnappings of officials in Libya in previous months have been blamed on militiamen.

They are often paid by the government, but their allegiance and who controls them remain in doubt.

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