TRIPOLI: Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan’s ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said.
“The Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped this morning. His convoy was attacked by a group of hooded men on board two civilian cars,” Libyan foreign ministry spokesman Said Lassoued told AFP.
Security and medical officials in Tripoli said the ambassador’s driver — reportedly a Moroccan — suffered two gunshot wounds but that his life was no longer in danger after surgery.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur urged the Libyan authorities to work to secure the safe release of the kingdom’s ambassador, Fawaz Aitan.
Aitan’s family in Amman said they learned about his abduction by chance.
“My mother learned about the abduction of my uncle through one of the satellite channels before calling the authorities,” nephew Osaid told AFP.
Libya is awash with weapons from the 2011 conflict, and authorities have struggled to establish security by integrating anti-Kadhafi militias into the regular army or police force.