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Armed group kidnaps Libyan leader

Issue No. 2375

Paramilitaries kidnapped Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan for several hours last Thursday. 

The kidnappers condemned state corruption and the recent US raid in Tripoli to capture a man they claim is a leading Al Qaida member.

Libya has fragmented since the West’s military intervention into the 2011 revolution. Around 1,700 armed groups control the country. Several are thousands strong, they police their areas and some provide community social services.

Around Benghazi some are blockading the ports and oil terminal protesting about industry corruption. The majority of Libyans have seen no real change since Gaddafi’s fall.

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Tue 15 Oct 2013, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2375
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