Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped by armed gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli, according to two Arab television channels.
Sky News Arabia has received word from government sources on Thursday that the rebels grabbed Zeidan from the Corinthia Hotel in the Libyan capital and took him to an unknown location, Reuters says. Similar reports were also relayed by television channel al Arabiya.
The hotel’s security guards later confirmed the reports, with one guard describing the situation as an“arrest.”
Government officials could not be reached for comment at this time.
The incident takes place two years after the deposal of Libya’s autocratic ruler Muammar Gaddafi, which resulted in widespread chaos involving many players and factions all vying for power in different parts of the country, with the government still trying to bring the situation under control.
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