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Libyan official criticizes militias

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya’s prime minister, who was abducted briefly by gunmen this week, lashed out Friday against unruly militias stirring chaos, saying they are trying to “terrorize” the government and turn the North African nation into another Afghanistan or Somalia. With his nationally televised address, Libya’s embattled Prime Minister Ali Zidan appeared to be seeking to leverage outrage over his abduction into momentum against the multiple armed groups that have run rampant in the country since the 2011 toppling of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Zidan appeared on TV alongside members of his government, and warned that “there are those who want to take Libya into the unknown. They want to turn Libya into Afghanistan or Somalia.”


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