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Hague urges release of Libyan PM
Britain has called for the immediate release of the Libyan prime minister after he was seized by armed men.
Ali Zeidan was taken before dawn from the hotel in the capital Tripoli where he resides.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "I condemn the abduction of the Libyan prime minister in Tripoli this morning and call for his immediate release.
"Our ambassador is in touch with other members of the interim government. It is vital that the process of political transition in Libya is maintained. The government and people of Libya have our full support at this concerning time."
Reports suggested the abduction was in retaliation for a US special forces' raid over the weekend in which a Libyan al-Qaida suspect was seized from the streets of Tripoli.
There was confusion over what happened to Mr Zeidan, reflecting the chaotic conditions in the country since the overthrow of former dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
A statement on the Libyan government's official website said the prime minister was taken at dawn to an "unknown location for unknown reasons" by a group believed to be "revolutionaries" from a security agency known as the Anti-Crime Committee.
An official with the Anti-Crime Committee, told the Associated Press news agency that Mr Zeidan had been "arrested" on accusations of harming state security and corruption, but the public prosecutor's office said it had issued no warrant for his arrest.
A Government official said the gunmen broke into the luxury hotel where Mr Zeidan lives and abducted him and two of his guards.
Following the abduction, the Libyan cabinet met in emergency session, chaired by Mr Zeidan's deputy, Abdel-Salam al-Qadi.
Britain, together with France, was at the forefront of the international coalition which backed the rebels who ousted Gaddafi, launching airstrikes against regime forces.