By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 14 January 2016:
UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler has weighed in to demand the immediate and unconditional release of the . . .[restrict]three kidnapped Surman children.
“I am deeply saddened by the continued kidnapping of the three children, all under the age of thirteen” said Kobler, “ I cannot begin to imagine the plight and suffering of their parents and loved-ones. Their case highlights that even children are not immune from kidnapping and abduction, which unfortunately has become common across Libya. I call for their safe and prompt return to their family.”
Businessmen Riyad Shershary’s two sons, Abdelhamid Mohamed aged 7, Mohamed Mohamed aged 9 and daughter Dahab Mohamed Alshirshari, 12, were seized in a hail of gunfire from the family car at a Surman traffic lights on 2 December
Three days ago it was thought that the kidnappers were surrounded at a property in Surman. In the resulting stand-off three members of the kidnap gang were reported to have been killed and others arrested. This led to the unexpected and short-lived seizure of 30 hostages as part of a demand that the original kidnappers be released. These victims have since been released.