Gunmen abducted the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee in the nation's capital, grabbing him from his car and bundling him into a waiting vehicle, his brother said Monday.
Salah al-Alam said his brother, committee chief Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam, was kidnapped on Sunday near the organization's offices in central Tripoli. He said there has been no contact with him or the captors since.
Security officials said they are investigating al-Alam's disappearance. They did not provide any further details.
Salah Al-Alam said he learned of the abduction from his brother's friend, who was with the LOC chief when the kidnapping took place. The gunmen stopped al-Alam's car, shoved him into another car and sped off, leaving the friend unharmed on the street.
In London, Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, expressed "grave" concern about the kidnapping, and said his office have "offered any possible help if we can do something."
"Hopefully this will evolve in a good way," he told reporters.
Five Libyans have qualified to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London.