Kidnappings in Tripoli occur quite regularly with the UN-backed Government of National Accord apparently powerless to stop them.
|On Thursday an armed group abducted Sheik Nadir Al-Omrani who is a member of the Council of Researches and Islamic Studies at the Fatwa House. The gunmen in two cars intercepted Al-Omrani at dawn as he was on his way to a mosque to perform a morning prayer. No group has claimed reponsibility for the abduction. His family have no idea of his whereabouts. The Libya Fatwa House condemned the kidnapping and blamed authorities in Tripoli for it, presumably because they are not providing security for citizens. A spokesperson for the Council, Abdullah Al-Jaadi said that either the Islmamic State or the Dignity Operation of Marshal Haftar could benefit from the abduction.|
The PC/GNA seems to enjoy absolutely no authority and legitimacy within the capital, as it is totally unable to positively affect living conditions. Criminality, car-jackings and kidnappings have become the norm in Tripoli with anyone deemed to be wealthy or with a well-paying job liable to be kidnapped at any time.