Libya's First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister-designate Sadiq Abdulkarim Abdulrahman (C) gives a press conference with members of the government in Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 10, 2013. Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released on Thursday several hours after being seized from a Tripoli hotel by former rebel militiamen, the foreign minister said. (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.
Zeidan was freed around 11:30 a.m. and taken back to Corinthia Hotel where he resided in downtown Tripoli, security source told Xinhua.
Zeidan was held at the Interior Ministry's anti-crime department before being released, the source said, adding that he was in "good health and being treated well."
Up to 150 armed men arrived at the Corinthia Hotel in pick-up trucks around 3:00 a.m. and took away Zeidan and his two guards.
A group of rebels, believed to be hired by the government to maintain security in Tripoli, said in a statement that Zeidan was "lawfully" arrested for alleged bribery. However, 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. The U.S. move stirred anger among Libya's powerful Islamic militant groups, while several groups accused Zeidan as an accomplice of the U.S. operation.
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