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Kidnapped Libyan guard at US embassy escaped captors

US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones speaks during a press conference in Tripoli on February 4, 2014
US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones speaks during a press conference in Tripoli on February 4, 2014

A Libyan security guard at the US embassy in Tripoli escaped her captors after being kidnapped and is in hospital recovering from injuries, the embassy said Tuesday.

"She's free now. She was able to escape," embassy spokesman Joe Mellott told AFP.

"She was wounded but her life isn't in danger," he said, adding that US Ambassador Deborah Jones had visited the woman in hospital.

He declined to give further details on the incident but said it was not linked to the woman's work at the embassy. She was off duty at the time she was abducted, on Monday.

A Libyan security source said the woman was kidnapped during a carjacking and had been shot.

News of the incident came after gunmen abducted Jordan's ambassador as he travelled to work in Tripoli Tuesday morning, shooting at his car and wounding his driver.

The abduction of Jordan's envoy was the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless north African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moamer Kadhafi.

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