Posted on October 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM
TRIPOLI, Libya—Libya’s prime minister is thanking his rescuers, but not saying much else about his abduction today.
In what appeared to be retaliation for a U.S. special forces raid that captured an al-Qaida suspect in the capital, Tripoli, last weekend, gunmen snatched Prime Minister Ali Zidan from his hotel and held him for several hours. His captors are believed to have been militiamen, and it appears he was freed by members of another militia who stormed the site where he was being held.
Afterward, at a Cabinet meeting aired live on Libyan TV, Zidan offered no details and avoided pointing fingers at those behind the abduction. Zidan said he hoped the matter would be “treated with wisdom and rationality,” adding that the country has “many things that need dealing with.”
The abduction has highlighted the lawlessness that grips Libya two years after the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi. Multiple militias that originated in the informal brigades of “revolutionaries” who fought Gadhafi’s forces now serve as security forces across the country. Many are made up of Islamic militants, and their independence has left the central government weak.