Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is free after a brief kidnapping ordeal.
The motive for the abduction remains unclear. Two groups have come forward claiming to be the perpetrators of the kidnapping.
The BBC reported that armed citizens from local militias backed by formal brigades were responsible for rescuing the Prime Minister.
Mr Zeidan last night thanked those who rescued him. “These are accidental things from the revolution’s overflow and they will disappear,” he said.
The international community condemned the kidnapping, the US Secretary of State John Kerry calling it an act of thuggery.
Two years after the revolution, the country is still in turmoil as numerous factions with their own agendas struggle to find ways to work together.
Mr Zeidan called for calm. “Libyans need wisdom… not escalation… to deal with this situation,” he said in a televised cabinet meeting this morning. – Sam Ottley