Libya\’s government has summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain a US military raid on Tripoli at the weekend to capture an al-Qaida suspect and take him out of the country, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
U.S. forces grabbed Abu Anas al-Libi from his car Saturday in Tripoli, and have taken him to a Navy ship for interrogation.
Libya\’s Justice Ministry said Tuesday it has summoned U.S. Ambassador Deborah Jones to answer questions about the operation. The government had already asked for clarification about what it called the "kidnapping" of Libi.
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the capture, calling it "legal and appropriate." He said the Libyan government\’s complaints are unfounded, and that Libi will go before a court of law.
A federal court in New York indicted Libi in 2000 for planning the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered a $5 million bounty for information leading to his capture.