10/10/2013, 00.00
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Prime Minister Ali Zeidan kidnapped: he had denounced arms smuggling in Libya

The kidnapping occurred this morning at dawn. Groups of former rebels, who now are paid by the Defence and the Interior Ministry suspected. Zeidan was concerned that Libya was becoming the basis for the smuggling of arms to Africa and Syria.

Tripoli ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan (see photo) was abducted at dawn this morning by a group of armed men. According to various sources , the group is made up of former rebels , linked to the Ministry of the Interior and kidnapped the premier at the hotel Corinthia, where he lives . The groups would be Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room and the Crime Combating Committee.

The reasons for the kidnapping are not yet know. Two days ago in a television interview Ali Zeidan complained that his country is becoming a very important basis for arms trafficking in Africa. A month ago, visiting Britain , he sought the help of London to free Libya from weapons , suspecting that they are smuggled into Syria .

The kidnapping comes a few days after the operation of a commando of U.S. Marines , who captured Abu Anas al -Libi , a personality linked to al Qaeda and transferred him onto a U.S. warship . Al- Libi is accused of being among the perpetrators of the attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 .

The seizure of al-Libi provoked a storm of criticism against the Libyan government, especially by groups of former rebels who fought for the fall of Muammar Gaddafi and are now enrolled ( and paid for ) in the Ministry of Interior and Defense.



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