Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by armed militants early Thursday while staying at a hotel in Tripoli, according to Al-Jazeera . He has been taken to an unknown location.
Zeidan, who has served as the head of the country as part of Libya's transitional government , was taken by force from the Corinthia hotel by a group that is believed to be former rebels according to the government. It is not exactly clear why the PM was kidnapped, but a circulating video on social media showing the kidnap, along with eye-witness testimony from a guard, suggest that the action was an "arrest."
Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi two years ago, violent political chaos has enveloped the country, with the government struggling to maintain order between rival clans and tribal groups controlling different regions of the country.