Former Libyan Rebels Say They Seized Prime Minister Ali Zeid Over Al Qaeda Arrest (Video)

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Sameera Ehteram
A group of former Libyan rebels says it seized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a Tripoli hotel because of his government's role in the U.S. capture of a top al Qaeda suspect in the capital.

A group of former Libyan rebels says it seized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a Tripoli hotel because of his government's role in the U.S. capture of a top al Qaeda suspect in the capital.

Al-Arabiya TV says these video stills show Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan being seized by armed men from a government-linked militia.

The militia, which had been hired by the government to provide security in Tripoli, said it "arrested" Zeidan after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Libya had a role in the weekend arrest of Abu Anas al-Liby.

A government official says he's in good health and being held at the Interior Ministry's anti-crime department.

Security at the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli say men in around 150 cars came to take him.

The head of security at the hotel recounts what happened, "People came, assigned with a paper from the Prosecutor General with an order for the arrest of Prime Minister and they showed it to the guys, they were revolutionaries, they entered and captured the Prime Minister."

Zeidan and his government have been under pressure since the weekend when U.S. special forces seized Abu Anas al-Liby -- a Libyan suspected in the 1998 bombings of United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Fortunately, the prime minister he was freed  after a few hours.

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