Libya PM lashes out at militias after abduction, demands explanation from group

By Esam Mohamed

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 11 2013 11:55 a.m. MDT

In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, Libyan's Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks to the media during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco. Zidan was snatched by gunmen before dawn Thursday from a Tripoli hotel where he resides, the government said.

Abdeljalil Bounhar, Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya's prime minister, who was abducted briefly by gunmen this week, has lashed out at militias fueling turmoil, warning that some want to turn the North African nation into "another Afghanistan or Somalia."

At a Tripoli press conference Friday, Ali Zidan demanded an "explanation" from the group he says snatched him from his hotel residence Thursday morning and held him for several hours.

He said his captors identified themselves as from the "Revolutionaries' Operation Room," a security agency made up of militias.

Armed militias hold sway across Libya, rooted in the "revolutionary" brigades that toppled Moamma Gadhafi in 2011. They have resisted attempts to disarm them and often intimidate officials with violence.

Zidan denounced armed groups that he said have used "guns and bombs" to "terrorize" the government.

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