This file photo taken on July 29, 2013 shows Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan speaking during a press statement in Tripoli. The prime minister of Libya's transitional government Ali Zeidan was taken to an unknown location for unknow reasons on Thursday by armed men believed to be former rebels, the government said on its website on Thursday. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
TRIPOLI, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was freed on Thursday morning, a few hours after being seized by armed men, Libyan News Agency reported.
Zeidan was rescued by the Libyan authorities, the agency quoted a spokesman of the Libyan government as saying.
The government spokesman said that more details of the operation would be disclosed soon.
An armed group, believed to be former rebels, stormed Corinthia Hotel in downtown Tripoli around 3:00 a.m. and took Zeidan to an unknown location.
Although the rebels said in a statement that Zeidan was " lawfully" arrested for alleged bribery, Justice Minister Salah Marghani denied issuing any "assignment" to arrest Zeidan.
The seizure came amid accusations that Zeidan had previous acknowledge of the U.S. raid in Tripoli to capture alleged al- Qaida suspect Abu Anas Al-Libi on Oct. 5.
Libyan PM taken to unknown destination by armed group: gov' t
TRIPOLI, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan of transitional government on Thursday was taken to an unknown location by armed men believed to be former rebels, the government said on its website on Thursday. Full story