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October 08, 2013

Libya Summons US Ambassador Over Al-Qaida Suspect's Capture

by VOA News

The Libyan government has summoned the U.S. ambassador to the country to get more information about a raid by American special forces that captured a senior al-Qaida operative.

U.S. forces grabbed Abu Anas al-Libi from his car Saturday in Tripoli, and have taken him to a Navy ship for interrogation.

Libya's Justice Ministry said Tuesday it has summoned U.S. Ambassador Deborah Jones to answer questions about the operation. The government had already asked for clarification about what it called the "kidnapping" of Libi.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the capture, calling it "legal and appropriate." He said the Libyan government's complaints are unfounded, and that Libi will go before a court of law.

A federal court in New York indicted Libi in 2000 for planning the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered a $5 million bounty for information leading to his capture.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.