(MENAFN - Arab News) Tripoli: jordan's ambassador to libya was kidnapped on tuesday by gunmen who demanded a radical militant be released from a jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom
The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of ambassador fawaz al-itan's car as they snatched the diplomat from a street in the capital tripoli libya's foreign ministry said
Essam baitelmel a member of the libyan team investigating the abduction said the kidnappers had demanded the release of mohamed dersi a libyan militant jailed for life in 2007 for plotting to blow up the main airport in jordan
The kidnappers made their demands in a call to the ambassador's own cellphone which was left behind in the car after the abduction baitelmel said. they said the diplomat was unharmed
Jordanian prime minister abdullah ensour told parliament the government would take 'all necessary measures to protect his life and release him." but agreeing to the kidnappers' demand could set a dangerous precedent for jordan
'jordan has currently locked up some of the top global al-qaeda scholars and jihadis like mohammad al-makdisi and abu qatada. a deal over dersi may encourage other jihadis to follow suit so very tricky" a jordanian intelligence official said
Royal jordanian airlines suspended flights to tripoli after the kidnap.