Girl in Libya Freed After Three-Month Abduction


Libyan security forces managed to free a kidnapped girl, three months after her disappearance.

The Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the “Department of Information and Communication Affairs was able to provide the necessary information to locate the victim, and return her to her family.”

Her kidnapper was arrested in the city of Sirte, central Libya, and is being interrogated by members of the Libyan Deterrence Apparatus.

The accused will be transferred to the Public Prosecution, to complete the legal procedures against him. He faces charges of murder, attempted kidnapping, and violent threats.

Notably, an armed group reportedly kidnapped Major General Rashid Al-Rajbani, Head of Libya’s Internal Security Agency outside his home in Tripoli, according to social media reports.

Eyewitnesses claimed that an armed group in three blacked-out cars kidnapped Al-Rajbani, while he was out to perform Isha (Night) prayer. He was taken to an unknown destination.

Sources stated that Al-Rajbani’s family filed a report to the Attorney General, and demanded he intervene to secure his immediate release. As well as hold his kidnappers accountable.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has not yet commented on the kidnapping incident.

In 2021, Al-Rajbani, was previously kidnapped from inside Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport.

Well-informed sources confirmed that this move came after Al-Rajbani was forced to resign, and Lotfi Al-Hariri was appointed as his successor. Al-Rajbani was appointed as Head of the Internal Security Agency on the orders of the former Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj.

Earlier this month, the Attorney’s General Office announced the arrest of several men, who had kidnapped a young woman. This comes days after a video circulated on TikTok of the victim filmed naked.

The statement added that the Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour directed investigations into the kidnapping of the twenty-year-old, east of the city of Misrata.

“The Attorney General directed the relevant bodies to analyse the video, identify the perpetrators, and locate the victim,” the statement noted.

The suspects have been identified, and two of the girl’s kidnappers have been arrested. The West Misrata First Instance Prosecutor interrogated the two defendants, and ordered them to be remanded in custody.

This shocking incident coincides with International Women’s Day, as the Government of National Unity (GNU), led by Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba promised to “promote women’s role in society.”