(CNN) — Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped in central Tripoli on Tuesday, the foreign ministries of both nations said.
Ambassador Fawaz al-Aytan was abducted along with his security detail, according to Jordan's Foreign Ministry. His driver was injured.
A spokesman for the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ambassador's convoy was ambushed by masked gunmen traveling in two vehicles and al-Aytan was whisked away.
Officials have frequently been targeted and intimidated by the different militia groups in the fractured nation.
On Sunday, Libya's newly appointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni stepped down after an attack on him and his family.
A resident in the neighborhood told CNN that al-Thinni was with his family when his convoy came under attack by a militia close to the area where he lives in Tripoli. After they escaped the attack and entered the neighborhood close to Tripoli's airport road, heavy gunfire erupted in the area.
Al-Thinni said he and Cabinet members will continue their work as a caretaker government until a new prime minister is chosen by the General National Congress, the country's interim parliament.
There have been increased concerns about the worsening security situation in Libya and the country's rocky transition to democracy after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
The government has so far been unable to build an army and a police force to rein in the hundreds of militia groups with competing interests, ideologies and agendas that continue to destabilize the North African nation.
In an unrelated incident, Afghan Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid was abducted by gunmen early Tuesday morning in Kabul, the Interior Ministry said.
Wahid was being driven to his office when his car was fired on, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.
The driver was injured, and the gunmen took Wahid with them, Sediqi said.