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Libyan guard at U.S. embassy missing, believed kidnapped

An exterior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen seen in Benghazi September 12, 2012. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori

TRIPOLI: A female Libyan security guard at the US embassy in Tripoli, who disappeared after leaving work on Monday night, was "likely" kidnapped, the mission's spokesman said.

While it was not immediately known if there was any connection with the woman's work, the news came after gunmen abducted Jordan's ambassador as he travelled to work in Tripoli Tuesday morning, shooting at his car and wounding his driver.

"Local employed security guard likely abducted late last night," Joe Mellott said in a statement, without naming the employee. "She was off hours."

"We are working with her family and authorities to help."

The abduction of Jordan's envoy was the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moammar Gadhafi.

 

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