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Jul 16, 2012 6:31 AM by Kate Richards

Head of Libyan Olympic Committee kidnapped

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Gunmen in the Libyan capital have abducted the head of the country's Olympic committee.

Salah al-Alam says assailants snatched his brother, Libyan Olympic Committee chief Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam on Sunday near the organization's offices in central Tripoli. He says there has been no contact with him since.

Salah al-Alam says he learned of the kidnapping from his brother's friend, who was there when the abduction took place. The gunmen bundled al-Alam into a car and sped off, leaving the friend on the street.

Security officials said Monday they are investigating. They didn't give any further details.

The committee chief was friends with ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi's son, Mohammed, and also served as the head of Libyan Football Association before the Gadhafi's capture and killing in last year's civil war.

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