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Jordanian ambassador released by captors in Libya

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 12:54 am •  Published: May 13, 2014

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's ambassador abducted last month in Libya has been released by his captors and is on his way home, the kingdom's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan was taken by gunmen from his vehicle in central Tripoli near the Jordanian Embassy on April 15. Assailants opened fire on his car, wounded his driver and then forced him out at gunpoint.

It was one of the latest abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years since the country's 8-month civil war ended with Moammar Gadhafi's killing in October 2011.

Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh gave no other details in announcing al-Etan's release. The kingdom's Information Minister Mohammad al-Momani told The Associated Press that al-Etan was in good health and was returning home on a military plane.

A week after the ambassador's abduction, Jordan released a Libyan detainee, Mohammed al-Darsi, and transferred him to Libya. Al-Darsi was arrested and convicted in 2007 of trying to carry out a suicide bombing at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport.

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