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Libya: Suspected kidnapping of Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli

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Libya: Suspected kidnapping of Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli

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A Tunisian diplomat is believed to have been kidnapped in Libya – just two days after gunmen seized a Jordanian ambassador.

The alarm was raised when Aroussi Gantassi, who worked as an advisor at Tunisia’s embassy, failed to turn up for work. No demands have been made in exchange for his release.

No group has claimed responsibility for the suspected kidnapping.

On Tuesday, April 15, gunmen kidnapped Jordan’s ambassador to Libya and demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat’s freedom.

The weak interim government has been unable to disarm former rebels and Islamist militants who fought to depose leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and who have formed increasingly powerful and violent militias.