Libyan prime minister released by gunmen

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TRIPOLI, LIbya -- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed after being kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides.

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The abduction early Thursday comes amid anger among Libya's powerful Islamic militant groups over the U.S. special forces raid on Saturday that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect, known as Abu Anas al-Libi. Several groups accused the government of colluding in or allowing the raid, though the government denied having any prior knowledge of the operation. Hours before the abduction, Zeidan met with al-Libi's family late Wednesday.

The official says gunmen broke into the luxury hotel in downtown Tripoli where Zeidan lives and abducted him and two of his guards. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

(Associated Press)

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