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Libyan Olympic President Abducted

Was shortly due to leave for London

Gunmen abducted the president of Libya’s Olympic Committee in Tripoli on Sunday, just days before the committee was due to leave for London. Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam was driving through the city center when gunmen stopped his car, shoved him into a waiting vehicle, and sped off. Since the abduction, there has been no contact with the captors. Al-Alam was formerly the head of the Libyan Football Associated under Qaddafi and a known friend of his son, Mohammed. The International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge has expressed his concern over the abduction and extended an offer to help in any way possible. Five Libyan athletes have qualified to compete at the London Games.

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