Libyan Kidnapped Woman ‘Fathiya Al-Lafi’ Found Dead in Southern Tripoli


On Wednesday, a woman, named Fathiya Al-Lafi, who has been missing since September 16, was found dead in southern Tripoli.

The deceased’s family said that they have lost contact with Fathiya, since Wednesday, shortly after she had left Al-Khalil Hospital.

Days ago, rumours circulated that Fathiya’s body was found on the airport road after losing contact with her, but this was denied by her family.

Over the past few days, the Al-Lafi family has appealed to the security authorities in Tripoli, affiliated with the Interior Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA), to widen the search radius for the killed woman, but this did not happen.

The Libyan capital is controlled by extremist militias and Syrian mercenaries, aligned with the GNA government. They have become accustomed to murder, kidnapping and robbery crimes against innocent Libyan citizens.

In May, a young woman was kidnapped in Tripoli after gunmen stormed her family’s house, witnesses said.

25-year-old Wessal Abdul Hafeez Minah was at home with her parents in Al-Karimia area when an unknown armed group broke into her family’s house and kidnapped her at gunpoint after they stole money and other private possessions.

The Interior Ministry of the Tripoli-based government has been notably silent so far regarding the crime.

Libya has been mired in conflict and instability since the 2011 toppling of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Kidnappings have become increasingly common in Libya, with oil workers among the many people taken hostage by armed groups.