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Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Moutassim Gaddafi aka Hannibal, has been freed after being briefly kidnapped by an armed group in Lebanon, security sources say.

In a video shown on Lebanese TV, Hannibal Gaddafi was seen appealing for more information concerning the 1978 disappearance of the prominent Lebanese Shia cleric Musa al-Sadr.

The late Libyan leader’s son was freed in the city of Baalbek and dispatched to Beirut, police told AP.

Photo Reuters

Photo Reuters

Hannibal Gaddafi, a 40-year-old former playboy, was given sanctuary in Oman in 2012.

His father Muammar was overthrown by rebels in a 2011 uprising.

Musa al-Sadr, one of the most prominent Shia clerics of the 20th Century, disappeared along with two others during a trip to Libya in 1978.

Muammar Gaddafi denied any involvement in his disappearance, but many suspect him of having orchestrated it.

The case has long soured relations between the two countries.

It is not known how long Hannibal Gaddafi has been in Lebanon.

Hannibal Gaddafi was under house arrest while in Oman with his sister Ayesha and mother Safiya.