By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 15 November 2015:
The former Libyan ambassador to Niger, is reported to have disappeared and is feared to . . .[restrict]have been kidnapped. According to the Beida officies of the Libyan news agency LANA, Essam Qatous apparently vanished on Thursday night at Gasr Khiyar, some 80 kilomtres east of Tripoli.
For the moment no information has been issued about the disappearance.
Kidnappings, mainly for ransom, are on the rise in Tripoli, the surrounding area and, in particular, the road from the capital to the Tunisian border. A week ago, two Serbian diplomats were abducted west of Sabratha. Theur fate remains unknown.
Qatous was removed from his post earlier this year by the foreign minister Mohamed Al-Dairi and replaced by Abdullah Al-Bashir. At first he reportedly refused to hand over, and allegedly only did so when the Nigerien forces intervened at the Libyan foreign ministry’s request. [/restrict]