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Libyan Prime Minister Kidnapped and Released

Tripoli, October 10 (RHC)-- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has reportedly been freed just hours after he was kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in the capital, Tripoli.

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 "criminal 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 an arrest.

The kidnapping came five days after U.S. forces kidnapped alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi on the streets of Tripoli. The Libyan government regards the US raid in Tripoli as a case of abduction. It has summoned the US ambassador over the move.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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