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article imageOp-Ed: Libya's deputy intelligence chief kidnapped in Tripoli

By Ken Hanly     Nov 18, 2013 in World
Tripoli - Mustafa Nuh, Libya's deputy intelligence chief, was kidnapped yesterday (Nov. 17) after he was leaving the airport in the capital Tripoli.
An anonymous official said: "The vice president of intelligence was abducted shortly after his arrival in Tripoli from a trip abroad," An intelligence source confirmed that Nuh had "disappeared."
An eye witness to the abduction told Libyan TV that he was in a car with Nuh when armed men ambushed them as they left the airport. The witness, former rebel commander Abu Hafess, said that the gunmen forced them out of their car and into another vehicle. He claims to have escaped by jumping out of the car: "I ran. They opened fire at me but didn't hit me,"
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction. Tensions are high in Tripoli where more than 40 were killed when city residents demonstrated against militas and marched to the headquarters of the Misrata militia, where many protesters were gunned down. Nuh himself is from Misrata which was the scene of some of the worst fighting during the uprising against Gaddafi. A very powerful militia from Misrata is now in Tripoli. Many want the group to leave. Misrata gunmen clashed on Saturday east of the capital Tripoli. One person was killed in that clash. Perhaps the kidnapping has something to do with the fact that Nuh is from Misrata.
A state of emergency was declared in Tripoli and there was also a strike. People are demanding that militias be brought under control. Three days of mourning for the dead have been declared. Just last month the Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was also abducted for several hours. Although Zeidan was released without violence, the security chief whose militia carried out the abduction said he was proud of it. Zeidan has several times been forced to give in to militia demands. He has promised however to stop payment of militia salaries by the end of the year if they do not meld into the regular armed forces and police.
According to a more recent report, an intelligence source said that Nuh or Noah, as the report spells his name. was released Monday (Nov. 18). The source spoke to Xinhua, a Chinese news agency. Libya is constantly in a state of political turmoil these days.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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