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Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan speaks during a news conference at the headquarters of the Prime Minister's Office in Tripoli January 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan

October 10, 2013

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was freed from captivity just hours after gunmen abducted him Thursday at dawn from the hotel where he resides in the capital, Tripoli, according to the state news agency.

The brazen abduction - apparently in retaliation for the U.S. special forces' raid over the weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect from the streets of Tripoli - reflected the deep chaos and lawlessness gripping Libya. (AP)