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Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 10:07
UPDATE : US and UN condemn abduction of Libya PM Ali Zeidan
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The US, UK and France, along with the UN, have condemned the brief abduction of Libya s Prime Minister and pledged their support for its transition to democracy.

US Secretary of State John Kerry called the act  thuggery , while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged all Libyans to respect the rule of law.

Ali Zeidan was abducted from a Tripoli hotel and held for several hours by armed militiamen.

He praised the armed groups that came to rescue him and has called for calm.

UPDATE Friday, 11 October 2013 - 08:10 AM

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Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan freed from captivity

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been released hours after being seized by militiamen.

A former rebel group loosely allied to the government, the Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room, had detained Zeidan claiming to act on orders from the prosecutor general.

The militia was one of several groups angered by a US commando raid on Libyan soil on Saturday which seized senior al-Qaeda suspect Anas al-Liby.

Many saw the US raid as a breach of Libyan sovereignty, and there is growing pressure on the government to explain if it was involved.

 Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 5:13 PM

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Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 03:22 PM

Libyan PM Ali Zeidan  freed from captivity

Government sources state that Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been released, several hours after being seized by militiamen.

The Libyan Premier Zeidan was taken from his hotel in the capital, Tripoli, by armed men in the early hours of this morning.

A former rebel group loosely allied to the government had stated that it had arrested Ali Zeidan on the orders of the prosecutor general.

UPDATE Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 3:22 PM

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 Armed rebels escort Libyan PM to undisclosed location 

Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 10:07 AM

Rebels have kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan and taken him to an undisclosed location.

 

Armed rebels escorted the prime minister from the Corinthian Hotel in Tripoli into a convoy of waiting cars, said a hotel clerk who was not authorized to speak to the media.

 

The witness reported no gunfire during the incident, and said the gunmen was respectful and "caused no trouble."

 

Zidans office initially called the abduction a "rumor" on its official Facebook page. Then it posted a note that said it was "coerced by kidnappers to deny the report."

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