Libya: Prime Minister Freed After Kidnapping By Militia

10 October 2013

Libyan state television is reporting that Prime Minister Ali Zidan has been released, hours after news agencies reported his 'arrest' by gunmen.

According to Al Jazeera, a militia group apparently angered by Saturday's U.S. Commando raid on Libyan soil which led to the capture of a suspected al-Qaeda leader Anas al-Liby, said their action was a retaliation for the government "allowing the United States to capture al-Liby".

The BBC is also reporting that the Libyan Revolutionary Operations Chamber, the group which seized the prime minister, has revealed that it had 'arrested' him on the orders of the prosecutor general.

The justice ministry has reportedly denied the militia's assertion that they acted on an order of the state prosecutor.

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