Ali Zeidan the Prime Minister of Libya was kidnapped said one aide. The aide said armed gunmen took the Prime Minister from the hotel he lives in early on Thursday. The abduction came only days after Special Forces from the U.S. captured an al-Qaeda operative inside Libya.
Zeidan was freed after, but the opposition rebels said he had not been kidnapped. They said he had been arrested for security and corruption issues following the raid by the U.S., on Saturday that captured the al-Qaeda suspect.
A spokesperson for the Libyan government said Zeidan was returning to his office after the armed men set him free.
One news agency reported that forces from the Libyan military intervened and that the prime minister had not been voluntarily freed.
He was taken from Corinthia Hotel where he lives in Tripoli, the capital. Witnesses said that as many as 150 armed men arrived at the hotel at 4 a.m. and went up to the residence where Zeidan is staying on the 21st floor.
Opposition rebels said they had collected large amounts of documents that show security and corruption issues against Zeidan. They said he was aware of the raid carried out by the Americans and did not prevent it.
The raid on Saturday captured Nazih Abdul Hamid al-Ruqai also known as Abu Anas al-Libi who will now face charges for his involvement in two U.S. embassy bombings during 1998 in Africa. The attacks killed more than 200 people.
Terrorism is thriving in Libya since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted from office in 2011. The country became divided and militia started taking control of different areas of the nation. Lawlessness resulted and has allowed the terrorists to take advantage and has given them easy access to cross borders and move fighters and weapons.