The committee said Ahmad Nabil al-Alam was taken in Tripoli on Sunday (file).
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The committee said Ahmad Nabil al-Alam was taken in Tripoli on Sunday (file).

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Ahmad Nabil al-Alam was kidnapped a week earlier in Tripoli, the Libyan Olympic Committee says

The identity and motive of the kidnappers are unknown

Al-Alam "greatly contributed" to the fight against the Gadhafi regime, the committee says

CNN —  

The president of the Libyan Olympic Committee has been kidnapped, the committee said Monday.

Ahmad Nabil al-Alam was taken in central Tripoli on Sunday, the organization said.

Security officials are debriefing him to learn more about the identity and motive of his kidnappers, said Hashem Bashar, the head of the interim Supreme Security Committee Branch in the capital Tripoli.

Al-Alam was kidnapped in central Tripoli on July 15, the Libyan Olympic Committee said at the time.

He was followed by two vehicles and then seized by unidentified gunmen around 4 p.m., the committee said.

Al-Alam is supposed to head the Libyan delegation in London for the Olympic games, which begin next week.

The committee issued a statement saying the “Libyan sports family” condemns “this heinous crime.” It described al-Alam as a “man who greatly contributed to the” revolution that led to strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster last year. Al-Alam “bore arms to defend its principles until Libya was liberated from the tyranny,” the statement said.

It described al-Alam as a “man who greatly contributed to the” revolution that led to strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster last year. Al-Alam “bore arms to defend its principles until Libya was liberated from the tyranny,” the statement said.

CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh and Saad Abedine contributed to this report.