TRIPOLI, LIbya (AP) A government official says Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides.
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-Qaeda 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, Zidan met with al-Libi's family late Wednesday.
The official says gunmen broke into the luxury hotel in downtown Tripoli where Zidan lives and abducted him and two of his guards. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
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