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Kidnappers free daughter of Qaddafi's former spy chief

The daughter of Libya's former spy chief Abdullah Al Senussi, who was reportedly kidnapped last week, has been freed.

TRIPOLI // The daughter of Libya's former spy chief Abdullah Al Senussi, who was reportedly kidnapped last week, has been freed.

Mr Al Senussi was intelligence chief for Libya's dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, and his daughter Unud had completed a 10-month jail term when she was kidnapped a week ago.

Unud Al Senussi was freed on Saturday and is "safe with members of her family in Brak Al Shati" in south Libya, said Abdelkader Belgacem, a member of her Magerha tribe.

"Unud is due to spend some time in the south before going to Egypt to join her mother and sister," Mr Belgacem added.

The justice minister, Salah Al Marghani, had said Ms Al Senussi, in her 20s, was snatched by "turban-wearing armed men" as she left prison in a suburb of Tripoli in an armed convoy.

But a unit in the security forces said on Thursday that it had seized Ms Al Senussi to foil a plan by "other parties" to kidnap her and claim a ransom.

The unit is affiliated with the Higher Security Commission, made up of rebels who fought the Qaddafi regime in 2011, and linked to the interior ministry.

Libya decided to dissolve the commission, formed after the fall of the Qaddafi regime in October 2011, but has yet to carry out the order.

* Agence France-Presse