Libyan prime minister's abducted aide is freed


TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A senior Libyan official says that the prime minister's chief of staff has been freed after eight days in captivity by a militia.

Deputy Prime Minister Abdel-Salam al-Qadi told The Associated Press that Mohamed Ali Ghatous had been released late Monday.

He gave no further details Tuesday about the kidnapping or release.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Ali Zidan said that four vehicles belonging to a militia were involved in Ghatous' March 31 abduction east of the capital Tripoli.

Ghatous disappeared shortly after the prime minister was besieged in his office by militiamen over remarks he made threatening to summon outside help to confront the armed groups.