Libyan PM Kidnapped, Freed from Captivity


Al Jazeera
Oct. 10, 2013

Libya’s state news agency said Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed after being captured and briefly detained, reportedly by government-aligned rebel groups. It is not clear if he was released willingly by his captors, or if security forces intervened.

The government earlier said Zeidan had been kidnapped from a Tripoli hotel Thursday by armed men and taken to an unknown location. But hours later an Interior Ministry spokesman said Zeidan was being held at the ministry’s anti-crime department.

Zeidan returned to his office after he was seized and held for by former rebel militiamen for about six hours. He was expected to give an account later on Thursday about his captivity.

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