‘Libya’s prime minister released’

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Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has reportedly been freed just hours after he was kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in the capital, Tripoli.

Libya™s Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdelaziz on Thursday confirmed the freedom of Zeidan.

However, the foreign minister stated, œWe have no details so far on the circumstances of his release.”

The report came hours after Libyan government sources said that a group of former rebels had abducted the prime minister and took him to an unknown location.

The Libyan government denounced the seizure of the premier as a œcriminal act.”

A former rebel group known as the Operations Cell of Revolutionaries claimed responsibility for the abduction.

The group said on its Facebook page that it had arrested Zeidan on orders from prosecutors, but the public prosecutor™s office said it had issued no warrant for the arrest.

The kidnapping came five days after US forces kidnapped alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi on the streets of Tripoli, a move that angered Libya™s government.

Libi, 49 years old, is reportedly being held captive and questioned on American warship USS San Antonio in international waters.

The Libyan government regards the US raid in Tripoli as a case of abduction. They have summoned the US ambassador over the move.

On October 8, Zeidan had told reporters in Tripoli, œOur relationship with the USA is important, and we care about that, but we care too about our citizens, which is our duty.”

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