Militiamen seize Libyan ex-premier in Tripoli: witnesses

Militiamen seize Libyan ex-premier in Tripoli: witnesses

In this Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, then Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco. Witnesses say militiamen in Libya abducted Zidan, a former prime minister, in the capital, Tripoli late on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2107. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)


BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan militiamen have abducted one of the country’s former prime ministers in the capital, Tripoli, witnesses said Monday.

They said Ali Zidan was led by an armed group out of a hotel where he was meeting with security officials late on Sunday. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their safety.

According to the witnesses, the militiamen that took Zidan were from the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade, which backs the U.N.-backed government.

There was no official statement on Zidan’s whereabouts.

Zidan was abducted once before by Tripoli’s unruly militias, in October 2013, but was released within days. He fled the country before competing militias seized Tripoli in 2014 but later returned.

Libya to this day remains torn by competing governments and parliaments with an array of militias backing various alliances.


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