Libya’s Prime Minister has been freed several hours after he was kidnapped and held by militiamen.
Ali Zeidan was seized at dawn by more than 100 armed men from the luxury Corinthia Hotel where he lives under tight security with other government officials. It is considered to be one of the safest places in Tripoli.
The Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room said the kidnapping was a reprisal for the government’s role in the capture of an Al Qaeda suspect by U.S. forces at the weekend.
The militia claimed it was acting on orders from the prosecutor general although the justice ministry denied this.
There is growing pressure on the Libyan government to explain if it was involved in the raid by US special forces on foreign soil.
It was unclear whether the militia had released the prime minister voluntarily or whether other security forces had intervened.