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Ex-rebels say seized Libyan PM over al Qaeda capture

October 10, 2013
Ex-rebels say seized Libyan PM over al Qaeda capture

TRIPOLI: A group of former Libyan rebels said it seized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a Tripoli hotel on Thursday because of his government's role in the US capture of a top al Qaeda suspect in the Libyan capital.”His arrest comes after the statement by John Kerry about the capture of Abu Anas al-Liby, after he said the Libyan government was aware of the operation,” a spokesman for the group, known as the Operations Room of Libya's Revolutionaries, said referring to the U.S. Secretary of State.Government officials could not immediately be reached to give more details.Al-Arabiya television channel quoted Libya's justice minister as saying that Zeidan had been “kidnapped” and showed what it said were video stills of Zeidan frowning and wearing a grey shirt undone at the collar surrounded by several men in civilian clothes pressing closely around him.Two years after a revolution toppled Libya's Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the fragile central government has been struggling to contain rival tribal militias and Islamist militants who control parts of the country.Last weekend, the U.S. military captured a top al Qaeda suspect in Tripoli in a raid that angered Islamist militant groups, including one blamed for the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate, in Benghazi.The U.S. State Department was looking into the reports of the incident and was “in close touch with senior U.S. and Libyan officials on the ground,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. — REUTERS

 
 
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