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Libyan prime minister set free by militia

Ali Zeidan was unharmed after brief abduction

TUNIS, Tunisia — Libya’s prime minister, Ali Zeidan, was hauled from his bed at 2:30 a.m. Thursday by a group of militiamen who stormed into the luxury hotel where he lives in downtown Tripoli, a kidnapping that would be extraordinary by almost any standard.

But this was Libya, where militias have unrivaled authority. A few days earlier, a group of armed men barged into Zeidan’s office to demand back pay. They refused to leave for hours and ransacked an office when they did leave.

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