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Unknown gunmen kidnap Libyan deputy FM in al-Bayda

Iran Press TV

Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:28PM

The deputy foreign minister of Libya's internationally-recognized government has been kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda.

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.

The Libyan government says it has no information of the whereabouts of the abducted official.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping so far.

Al-Bayda is located 1,200 kilometers from the Libyan capital city of Tripoli and has hosted the country's internationally-recognized government since August 2014 after Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militant group, which is based in the northwestern city of Misrata, seized Tripoli and most government institutions.

The new Tripoli rulers have set up a rival parliament and government not recognized by the international community.

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.

The country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups that refuse to lay down arms.

Battles among the rival militants, who had participated in the anti-Gaddafi uprising, are mainly over the control of oil facilities in eastern Libya.


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