TRIPOLI, Libya — The daughter of Libya’s former spy chief under dictator Moammar Khadafy was released by her abductors after her tribe cut off the capital’s water supply, officials said Sunday.
Commander Haitham el-Tajouri of the militia that kidnapped Anoud el-Senoussi said that she was handed over to her tribe late Saturday after the country’s prime minister negotiated her release.
Tajouri’s militia is part of the Supreme Security Committee, which is comprised of militias that work with police and are paid to help with security. The 21-year-old’s abduction highlighted the government’s inability to control even its own paid forces.
Prime Minister Ali Zidan has struggled to reign in a combustible mix of tribal feuds, disgruntled tribes, and renegade militias.
The country’s nascent police and army have been unable to secure the country and rely on help from former rebels who fought in the 2011 civil war that toppled Khadafy. The militias born out of the war often act above the law.
Amnesty International said last week that Senoussi’s abduction ‘‘casts a shadow on the Libyan authorities’ ability to ensure the safety’’ of around 8,000 detainees held in relation to the 2011 war.
Days after her abduction, Senoussi’s Megraha tribe in Sabha cut the power on pumps that keep water flowing to the northwest and the capital. Water shortages hit Tripoli, forcing hospitals and homes to rely on wells and large tanks.