Libya asks US for explanation after raid in Tripoli
The Libyan government is seeking an explanation from the United States for the military raid to capture a suspected leader of al-Qaeda network in Tripoli, state media reported, dpa reported.
The government "asked the US authorities to provide explanations on kidnapping a Libyan citizen," the LANA news agency said.
Libya said "communication between the two governments will address this incidence by respecting the laws, national legitimacy and human rights," it added.
The suspect, Abu Anas al-Liby, has been sought by the US since at least 2000 when he was indicted in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Abu Anas al-Liby was seized near Tripoli, American officials said, according to the New York Times. The operation was described as by CNN as a raid led by special operations forces. It was conducted with the knowledge of the Libyan government, the network said, quoting an unidentified US official.
The Department of Defence, acting under military authorities, conducted an operation to apprehend al-Liby in Libya, who is currently lawfully detained in a secure location outside Libya, the Pentagon said.
The FBI had offered a bounty of up to 5 million dollars for information leading to his capture.