player SNAPPED An international football player was taken hostage by armed assailants in Libya, which sparked fear.

Al-Ittihad and Libya striker Mohamed Zubya, 34, has reportedly been missing since last Thursday after being abducted in the city of Tripoli.

The demands for Zubya's release have not been disclosed to Zubya's family, they claimed.

According to Libya's National Human Rights Committee, the assailants "took him to an unidentified location and severed his ties to his family."

The committee's chairman, Ahmed Hamza, demanded the football star's immediate release, according to Libya Review.

Hamza stated, "We demand that the Libyan authorities release him immediately and refrain from repeating these heinous occurrences and actions.

Zubya's kidnapping, in his words, is "unacceptable, especially given that he is a public figure."

"Libyan authorities must also work to end detentions, which constitute a flagrant violation of the rule of law and represent the worst kinds of gross human rights violations," continued Hamza.

Zubya has participated in matches for Mouloudia Oran, Esperance of Tunisia, JS Kabylie of Algeria, and Al-Arabi of Qatar.

He participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifications for the Libyan national team.