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Report: Kidnapped Jordanian ambassador freed

By Saad Abedine

 (CNN) -- Almost a month after he was kidnapped, Jordan's ambassador to Libya is free.

Ambassador Fawaz al-Aytan was freed by his captors Tuesday, Jordan's state-run PETRA news agency said.

"Ambassador Fawaz al-Aytan was released and en route to the homeland," Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told the news agency. " He is doing well."

Al-Aytan was abducted by masked gunmen in central Tripoli on April 15.

Libyan state news agency LANA reported his driver, a Moroccan national, was shot during the kidnapping.

Militia groups have routinely targeted and intimidated officials in the fractured nation.

In mid-April, Libya's newly appointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni stepped down after he and his family were attacked.

Al-Thinni was with his family when his convoy came under attack by militia members near where he lives in Tripol.

In October, the country's former prime minister, Ali Zeidan, was kidnapped briefly by a militia in the capital.

So far this year, Egyptian diplomats, a South Korean official and a Tunisian Embassy employee have been kidnapped and later released in Tripoli.

Al-Aytan is the highest level diplomat to have been kidnapped in Libya since the 2011 revolution.

Diplomatic missions have been targeted in attacks both in Tripoli and Libya's second city Benghazi, leading all western countries to shut down their Benghazi consulates.

On September 11, 2012, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

In June of that year, the convoy of former British Ambassador Dominic Asquith was targeted in an attack in Benghazi that injured two British guards.

Security in Libya has deteriorated since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Government forces have been unable to rein in the hundreds of militia groups, which have competing interests, ideologies and agendas.
 CNN's Ed Payne in Atlanta; Jomana Karadsheh in Tripoli and Caroline Faraj in Dubai contributed to this report.
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