Media sources reported the kidnapping of Sheikh Muhammad Al-Amin Farkash, a Maliki scholar, from his home in the town of Umm Al-Rizm east of Derna by unknown gunmen.

Sheikh Muhammad was kidnapped in the early hours of Friday after storming his home and terrorizing his family and neighbours by firing a hail of bullets during the raid.

Sheikh Farkash is one of the leading scholars in the Maliki school and the Senussia movement in the eastern region, as well as being one of its dignitaries.