Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Prime Minister of Libya kidnapped “because of al-Libi”
Update: Thursday 10 Oct 2013, 09:16
The Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped from a hotel in the capital Tripoli where he has his residence. A group of former rebels said Zeidan was “arrested” because of the kidnapping this weekend of the terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi by U.S. commandos.
The group refers to a statement by the U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, who said Libya knew of the operation. The militia was hired by the government for security in Tripoli.
Two years after the fall of Colonel Gaddafi there is still no central authority in Libya. In some parts of the country militias call the shots.
UPDATE: NOS TV says that Ali Zeidan is now a prisoner in a government building; put at the disposal of the militia which has now kidnapped the prime minister by the government.
UPDATE: (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed by former rebels who seized him from a hotel earlier on Thursday, a security source and a member of Libyan’s national assembly said: here.
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