A government official says Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released from captivity several hours after he was abducted.
Government Spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told the agency, LANA, that Zidan has been "set free'' and was on his way to his office on Thursday. The brief report gave no further information. Details were sketchy but it appeared Libyan forces had intervened in some way and that the abductors did not free Zidan voluntarily.
He was abducted by gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides early Thursday.
It comes amid anger among Libya's powerful Islamic militant groups over the U.S. special forces raid Saturday that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect, known as Abu Anas al-Libi.
Several groups accused the government of colluding in or allowing the raid, though the government denied having any prior knowledge of the operation.
Hours before the abduction, Zeidan met with al-Libi's family late Wednesday.
The official says gunmen broke into the luxury hotel in downtown Tripoli where Zeidan lives and abducted him and two of his guards.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.