Published February 11, 2014
TRIPOLI, Libya – The head of Libya's official news agency says men in military uniform have abducted a journalist in central Tripoli.
Abdel-Bassit Abu-Diyah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Younis Ali Younis, a journalist with LANA news agency, was taken the day before while sitting in a cafe next to a five-star hotel in Tripoli. His whereabouts are not known.
Most uniformed men in Tripoli are militias composed largely of ex-rebels. The government relies on them for security in the tumultuous aftermath of the 2011 civil war, but they are often blamed for abuses including abductions and assassinations.
Officials are most frequently targeted but journalists too have often been subjected to threats and attacks.