By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 8 June 8, 2014:
The deputy manager of a bank in the border town of Ghadames, kidnapped on Thursday . . .[restrict]and who has asked not to be named, was released after an LD 50,000 ransom was paid.
“People I had never seen before kidnapped me from my home after Asha prayers and took me to a secret location where they threatened me and beat me up,” the victim told the Libya Herald.
“They asked me for the key to the bank vault, and when I told them that I didn’t have it, the beat me. When I refused to give them any help, they took me to another location and called my family, demanding LD 100,000. After some negotiation, my family found a way to pay them LD 50,000,” the bank manager explained.
The victim said he thought the kidnappers had followed him for a couple of days before they grabbed him.
When asked if they sounded like they were from the area, the victim could not say for certain.
Other bank officials have been kidnapped in recent months. In March, the manager of the Bank of North Africa in Obari was kidnapped then was released after a ransom was paid. [/restrict]