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President of Libyan Olympic Committee Kidnapped, AFP Says

July 16, 2012

The President of Libya’s Olympic Committee, Nabil al-Alam, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Tripoli and taken to a secret location, Agence France-Presse said citing Libyan committee officials.

“Nine gunmen posing as members of the Libyan army removed Mr Alam from his car in the centre of the city at around 3:00 p.m. and took him to an unknown location,” Alam’s aide, Arafat Juwan, told AFP.

Alam was due to arrive in London this week, along with Lybia’s Olympic representatives, ahead of the Games opening ceremony on 27 July, AFP said.

Before last year’s revolt, which toppled Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, the Libyan Olympic Committee was headed by Qaddafi’s son Mohammed, the press service said.

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