The Mayor of Traghen was abducted earlier this week from his farm, 125km south of Sabha. He is reportedly the 128th person to be kidnapped in the district this year. (In 2006 it was estimated that the district had a population of just over 134,000.)

From the Libya Herald

Mayor of Traghen kidnapped

Mohamed Tahir Bakouri was grabbed by gunmen yesterday at his farm outside the town.

The reasons for the abduction are unknown although ransom is thought to be the motive. As in Tripoli, crime has soared in southern Libyan, with kidnapping now a major problem. So far this year, it is reported that 128 people have been kidnapped in and around Sebha, mainly for ransom.

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