Son of Libyan Special Forces chief freed after month-long captivity

Libyan Special Forces spokesman Meloud al-Zawi did not provide the identities of the kidnappers or the location of Boukhamada's captivity.

Son of Libyan Special Forces chief freed after month-long captivity

World Bulletin / News Desk

The son of Libyan Special Forces commander Wanees Boukhamada was released on Wednesday following over one month in captivity, a military official has said.

"An army unit received Ali Boukhamada through mediators; he is now on his way home," Libyan Special Forces spokesman Meloud al-Zawi told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Zawi did not provide the identities of the kidnappers or the location of Boukhamada's captivity.

Boukhamada's abduction on January 30 triggered armed confrontations in Benghazi between Special Forces units and militiamen from the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, which is affiliated with the Libyan chief-of-staff, over charges that the latter had been behind the kidnapping.

Subsequent violence left one soldier dead and two injured.

Libyans have struggled to restore order to their country since the ouster and death of longstanding strongman Muammar Gaddafi in late 2011.

The transitional government and its security forces have struggled to contain the armed militias that helped overthrow Gaddafi but which held onto their weapons after the 2011 uprising.

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