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Kidnapped Libya Olympic Chief Released

Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam was taken by gunmen a week ago in Tripoli
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2012 6:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – A week after being kidnapped by gunmen in Tripoli, the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee has been freed unharmed and is back home, reports Reuters. "He is fine," says a fellow Olympic official. Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam reportedly plans to leave for London "in two or three days" to help Libya's small Olympic team prepare for Friday's opening. Al-Alam took over from Mohammed Gadhafi as head of the Olympic Committee last year, after the son of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi fled to Algeria. (Read more Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam stories.)

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