Libyan Prime Minister Kidnapped By Militiamen

Libyan militia's are out of control and the government can't stop them.

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan (L) and head of the General National Congress Nouri Bousahmein give a press conference at the government headquarters in Tripoli, Libya on Oct. 10, 2013.
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Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by Libyan revolutionaries in the early morning hours Thursday.

Around 5:15 am local time, pickup trucks carried an estimated 150 gunmen to the Corintha Hotel in Tripoli, where they stormed in and seized Zeidan from his 21st floor suite.

A government website says he was held at an "unknown location for unknown reasons."

Zeidan, after several hours, was eventually "set free," Libyan government spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told LANA, a Libyan news conglomerate. However, the BBC and Huffington Post suggest that other militia men may have rescued the prime minister.

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Before the release was announced the Libyan government broadcasted a statement condemning the abduction as a "criminal act," saying they would never comply with blackmail.

The Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room alleged receiving orders to seize Zeidan from the prosecutor general, but the justice ministry refuted the claim on National Libyan TV.

Coincidently, this abduction occurred after the U.S. raided Libyan soil in pursuit of Anas al-Liby, an alleged senior al-Qaida member. Though the U.S. was successful in Liby's capture, many view the raid as suppressing Libyan authority BBC reports.

Later in the day, Zeidan was seen proceeding with official duties. He spoke during a cabinet meeting, which was also broadcast on Live Libyan TV, and thanked those that helped the situation.

"We hope this matter will be treated with wisdom and rationality, far from tension," he said. "There are many things that need dealing with."

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Zeidan was careful not to lay blame to any party or group, and gave very few details about the incident.

Zeidan's capture has only confirmed what many in Libya already feared.

"Libya is ruled by militias," Hassan al-Amin, a Libyan politician, told the Huffington Post.

Libya has been facing problems of being overrun by independent militias, who used to adhere to the government ministries but now have to act on their own accordance since they took arms against Moammar Gadhafi in the 2011 revolution. But with the weak army and police the government has remained unsuccessful at disarming them.

What's worse is many share sympathies with al-Qaida. Officials in the government have begun to grow weary of the groups, fearing that if they do something the militias disagree with, they will face violent consequences, such as the abduction in September of the son of the defense minister, according to the Huffington Post.

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