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Libyan PM appears in public after his abduction

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan, shown speaking earlier this month, was snatched by gunmen from a Tripoli hotel earlier today but appeared in public after his release several hours later. (AP Photo/Abdeliali Bounhar, File)
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan, shown speaking earlier this month, was snatched by gunmen from a Tripoli hotel earlier today but appeared in public after his release several hours later. (AP Photo/Abdeliali Bounhar, File)
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan has appeared in public today for the first time since his release after being abducted by gunmen from his hotel earlier in the day.

Zidan was shown on a Libyan TV arriving at his Cabinet office. He is expected to address the nation later today to explain what had happened.

He was taken by gunmen at dawn from the hotel where he resides in the capital, Tripoli.

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.

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