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Libyan prime minister held by armed group after being escorted from a hotel in Tripoli

Libyan prime minister held by armed group after being escorted  from a hotel in Tripoli
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Latest:Libyan prime minister released after being held by an armed group in Tripoli

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Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is being held by a group of armed men who escorted him from a hotel in Tripoli.

Witnesses say he was taken from the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli at daybreak by group of around 100 men and driven off in a convoy of cars.

Reports from Libya say the prime minister is in “good health and will be treated well as a Libyan citizen,” and he is being held at the Interior Ministry’s anti-crime department, according to an official.

It is thought he has been seized by a group of former rebels who blame him for the government’s role in the US special forces raid to arrest a suspected al Qaeda operative in Tripoli over the weekend.

The former militia have been working for the Interior Ministry provide security in the capital.