Libyan Prime Minister Kidnapped by Armed Rebels

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Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan (file photo)

Rebels have kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan 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.”   Zidan’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.”

Libya militias have run rampant since the revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

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