Libya's Prime Minister Zeidan Abducted, Govt Confirms
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped Thursday, the government's website says.
"The head of the interim government" was taken at dawn "to an unknown destination for unknown reasons by a group believed to be ... revolutionaries," the site says, in Arabic.
Rebels have kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and taken him to an undisclosed location, his spokeswoman told CNN early Thursday.
Armed rebels escorted the prime minister from the Corinthian Hotel in Tripoli into a convoy of waiting cars, said a hotel clerk who was not authorized to speak to the media.
The witness reported no gunfire during the incident, and said the gunmen was respectful and "caused no trouble."
Zeidan's office initially called the abduction a "rumor" on its official Facebook page. Then it posted a note that said it was "coerced by kidnappers to deny the report."
Zeidan, a former Geneva-based human rights lawyer, took office in November 2012.
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