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Libyan PM released after several hours


The premier was kidnapped from the hotel where he stays on Thursday early morning

AliTripoli: Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released today several hours after being seized from a Tripoli hotel by former rebel militiamen, the foreign minister said.

“He has been freed but we have no details so far on the circumstances of his release,” Mohammed Abdelaziz told AFP.

The pre-dawn seizure of Zeidan came five days after US commandos embarrassed and angered Libya’s government by capturing senior Al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi off the streets of Tripoli and whisking him away to a warship.

Both the rebel groups loosely fall under the control of the defense and interior ministries but largely operate autonomously.

Two years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s new authorities are struggling to rein in tribal militias and groups of former rebels.


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