Libyan journalist abducted in Benghazi

Siraj Abdelhafid was seized from the offices of Al-Hayat newspaper where he works, it said in a statement.
Libyan journalist abducted in Benghazi
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A Libyan journalist, Siraj Abdelhafid al-Mogassbi, was kidnapped Monday in the country's second city Benghazi, the government media authority said.

Siraj Abdelhafid was seized from the offices of Al-Hayat newspaper where he works, it said in a statement.

It said unknown assailants entered the Al-Hayat offices "threatening" employees and seized Mogassbi.

They refused to show identification or an arrest warrant or to explain their action, the statement said, adding that Al-Hayat shares offices with the government media authority branch of Benghazi.

Authority head Abderrazag al-Dahhesh said police were informed and that he "personally contacted the state prosecutor" to condemn the abduction.

Libya has been ravaged by violence since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Kadhafi in 2011.

It is ranked 165 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

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