TRIPOLI- Abu Anas al-Libi, an Al-Qaeda leader wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, was "kidnapped" by armed men in Tripoli on Saturday, a source close to him told AFP.
TRIPOLI- Abu Anas al-Libi, an Al-Qaeda leader wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, was “kidnapped” by armed men in Tripoli on Saturday, a source close to him told AFP.
“He was kidnapped close to his home after dawn prayers by a group of armed men,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
“His family has had no news about him since this morning,” the source said.
Libyan security services told AFP that they were unaware of any kidnapping or arrest of the man, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list, with a bounty of $5 million on his head.
Al-Libi, 49, is a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) before the organisation joined up with the Al-Qaeda network.
Formed clandestinely in Afghanistan in the early 1990s, the Libyan group first came to wider knowledge in 1995 as it launched an armed campaign against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime.
Al-Qaeda announced in November 2007 that the LIFG had joined the jihadist network.
From his base in central Asia, LIFG leader Abu Laith al-Libi became a trusted lieutenant of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. He was reported killed in February 2008 in a US missile strike.
Sources said Abu Anas al-Libi had returned to Libya following the fall of Kadhafi’s regime in 2011.