Libya Slams US 'Kidnapping'
Al-Qaeda suspect a legal target, Kerry says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi.    (AP Photo/FBI)

(Newser) – Has the capture of an al-Qaeda commander damaged relations with Libya? A statement from the Libyan government describes the Tripoli raid that nabbed Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai as a "kidnapping" and demanded answers from the US, reports the Washington Post. In response, John Kerry described the Libyan, who is known by his alias Abu Anas al-Libi, as "a key al-Qaeda figure" who is a "legal and an appropriate target for the US military" and will face trial in an American court.

The US regularly consults Libya on counterterrorism issues, but "we don’t get into the specifics of our communication with foreign governments on any kind of operation of this kind," said Kerry. Despite the Libyan government's apparent anger, some witnesses, including the suspect's son, say the raid was carried out by Libyan agents, the Guardian reports. "The people who took my father were Libyan, not Americans—they spoke with Tripoli accents," the son says. The suspect, believed to have played a major role in the 1998 embassy bombings, is now believed to be on board a Navy vessel for interrogation.