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GNA-Affiliated Militia Kidnaps Head of Libyan Media Foundation

GNA-Affiliated Militia Kidnaps Head of Libyan Media Foundation

Thursday, 22 October, 2020 - 08:15
Head of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj attends a meeting in Rome on March 20, 2017. Remo Casilli / Reuters

Militias affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA) stormed the Libyan Media Foundation and kidnapped its head Mohamed Baiyou and two of his sons.

Baiyou revealed on Wednesday that he had been kidnapped, saying that “terrorist criminals attacked his home in Tripoli.”

The militias also kidnapped and arrested Hind Ammar who was appointed two days ago as program director at al-Wataniya TV channel.

The group behind the kidnapping, the so-called Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, released a photo of Baiyou facing a poster of the militia’s logo and said in a statement that it rejected "a person without principle to run the media." It added that "the martyrs’ blood will not be wasted.”

The group's leader Ayoub Aburas had openly threatened Baiyou shortly before the kidnapping.

Meanwhile, GNA did not issue any official statement over the issue.

This came before GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj and his Foreign Minister Mohmmad Siala arrived in Rome to meet with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Also earlier, Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha arrived on an official visit to Italy to discuss illegal migration with Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese.

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