The kidnapping is supposed to be in retaliation for the US special forces raid last weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect from the streets of the capital.
Libyan Prime Miniser’s abduction marks the weakness of the country’s government, which is virtually held hostage by powerful militias, composed of of Islamic militants.
Militants were angered after the U.S. troops captured the suspected militant, Abu Anas al-Libi, and accused the government of colluding in or allowing the raid.
In a sign of Libya’s chaos, Zeidan’s kidnapping was named by various sources as either an “arrest” or an abduction, reports The Telegraph.
Libyan government’s official website released a statement reading that the Prime Minister was taken at dawn to an “unknown location for unknown reasons” by a group believed to be “revolutionaries” from security agency, the Anti-Crime Committee.
The Cabinet held an emergency meeting Thursday morning, lead by Zeidan’s deputy, Abdel-Salam al-Qadi, The Huffington Post writes.
Meanwhile, Abdel-Moneim al-Hour, an official with the Anti-Crime Committee, reveled to reporters that Zidan had been “arrested” on accusations of harming state security and corruption, but he was soon freed.
According to an image uploaded Thursday on social networking sites shows Zeidan being led from his hotel in Tripoli by two young men, one of them bearded, holding him from both arms.
The photo also shows a hand of a third man resting on the prime minister’s left shoulder, reports claim.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry in Brunei, said, “We are looking into these reports and we are in close touch with senior U.S. and Libyan officials on the ground.”
Zeidan’s kidnapping took place a few hours after he met with the family of al-Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai — the al-Qaida suspect seized by the Americans.
If rumors are true to live, U.S. officials confirmed that the detainee was immediately taken out of the country after the raid Saturday in Tripoli and is now being held on a U.S. warship.
On Tuesday, Libyan Prime Minister said the government had requested the U.S. to allow al-Libi’s family to establish contact with the suspect.
Zeidan insisted that Libyan citizens should be tried in their native country if they are accused of crimes, stressing that “Libya does not surrender its sons.”
Soon after the raid of American troops, the Libyan government released a statement reading that the raid was carried out without its knowledge and asking Washington for “clarifications” about the operation.
“The U.S. was very helpful to Libya during the revolution and the relations should not be affected by an incident, even if it is a serious one,” Zidan said at a press conference in Tripoli.
American military groups assisted by FBI and CIA agents seized a suspected leader of Al Qaeda in Libya while Navy SEALs ’paid a visit’ to a militant leader in a predawn firefight on the coast of Somalia a few days ago.