Kidnapped Libyan Olympic chief released

The brother of the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee says the sports official has been freed a week after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Salah al-Alam said committee chief Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam returned home unharmed Sunday. He said it was not clear why his brother was abducted or on what conditions his abductors let him go. Al-Alam was handed over to security officials late Saturday before returning home.

Reuters

The abduction comes amid a wave of score-settling between rivals in Libya's eight-month civil war that ended with the capture and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in October.

Al-Alam served as head of the Libyan Football Association under Gadhafi. He is known to have been friends with Gadhafi's son, Mohammed, who was al-Alam's predecessor as Olympic Committee president.

AP

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