(CNN) - Armed rebels kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan at dawn in Tripoli Thursday, according to a statement from the prime minister's spokeswoman. He was freed a few hours later.
A clerk at the hotel where the prime minister was staying says the gunmen escorted him into a convoy of waiting cars. A witness said there was no gunfire.
Details of Ali Zeidan's release were sketchy.
The prime minister's office denied the abduction at first, dismissing the reports as rumors on its official Facebook page. A later update said kidnappers had coerced them into denying it.
Militias have run rampant in Libya since the revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi two years ago.
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