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Gunmen abducted 250 Egyptian drivers, taking them to Ajdabiya, where they are being held as their captors demand the release of Libyan convicts from prison in Cairo. Clashes in Sebha left one person dead and 12 injured. In the second such incident in a week, a historic tomb was bombed in Derna. The port in Sirte shut down indefinitely due to repeated attacks and the absence of security forces.
Kidnapped Jordanian ambassador Fawaz al-Itan was freed by his Islamist captors in exchange for Jordan's release of jailed al Qaeda militant Mohamed Dersi; Libya recently signed an extradition agreement with Jordan on Dersi, who is now in Libya. A Libyan diplomat was kidnapped in Derna. The senior appellate court judge in Derna was shot in an attempted assassination. Judicial police went on strike for better security after five officers were killed last week in Warshefana. Armed attackers in army uniforms blew up a factory in Sebha.
The Army Chief of Staff ordered the February 17 Brigade to leave its Benghazi headquarters, following clashes in which four people were killed and at least 20 injured. In three separate shootings in Benghazi, four security officials were assassinated, including a top officer, and another was wounded. Vandals destroyed a new telecommunications station near the western city of Mizdah.
A protest in Benghazi outside the headquarters of the February 17 Brigade, an Islamist militia, turned deadly when three protesters were shot dead and 20 others were injured. Security forces raided a black market "petrol souq" in Ghat.
Najia Muhammad Al-Taib, a heroine of the revolution in Benghazi, was injured by gunmen. Protests and violence continued in Benghazi. Gunmen beat up the manager of a Tripoli mobile phone company. Libya signed a memorandum of understanding with Jordan in negotiations to secure the release of the kidnapped Jordanian ambassador. An Islamic library opened in place of the old public library in Gharyian.
Colonel Ibrahim Senussi, the head of intelligence for the eastern region, was assassinated in Benghazi. Two days ago he stated on TV that Ansar al Sharia was responsible for much of the city's violence, that 58 young men who had secretly returned from Syria were planning suicide attacks, and that one of the returning jihadists had carried out the April 29 attack on the Saiqa special forces base. Bombs blamed on Islamists detonated at a mosque and at a university in Derna. Reporters Without Borders said it is "alarmed by the constant threats to journalists in Libya," particularly from militant Islamist groups such as Ansar al Sharia.
The GNC appointed Ahmed Maetig as prime minister, after he received one vote over the required 120. A Benghazi TV employee who had been reporting on the fighting between Ansar al Sharia and the Saiqa special forces survived an assassination attempt. In Derna, the offices that dispense pay for the army and police were bombed, and a group called Shabab Al-Muslimin (Islamic Youth) took over a former governmental building, saying it will be turned into an Islamic court and will have judges brought in from outside the country.
Ahmed Mitig, a Misrata businessman backed by Islamists, was named prime minister, but the president of the GNC instructed current prime minister Abdullah al Thinni to remain in office as Mitig lacked the requisite number of votes. Gunmen in 20 vehicles stormed an intelligence office in Tripoli on May 3, killing two people. Also on May 3, gunmen kidnapped a former Zintani GNC member in Tripoli, and shot at the Joint Security Room chief in Benghazi. Blackouts are expected from Mistata to Benghazi due to protests at oilfields.
The death toll rose in the clash between special forces and Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi, as eight special forces troops are said to have been captured and killed, in addition to the nine already reported dead. The government condemned Ansar al Sharia as a terrorist group that attacked legitimate government forces; it is reportedly the first time Libyan authorities have done so. Another special forces member in Benghazi escaped assassination when a bomb attached to his car blew up.
At least five soldiers were killed and 11 people wounded during heavy fighting between Ansar al Sharia and the Saiqa Special Forces in Benghazi last night after the militants raided a security headquarters and tried to recover a vehicle packed with explosives. A convoy of 20 Ansar al Sharia technicals had reportedly moved into the city following clashes with security forces earlier in the night. Four masked men kidnapped a lawyer from the Benghazi prosecutor's office yesterday. A car blew up in Tripoli when a grenade carried by the driver exploded.
Gunmen killed a Benghazi security official and injured his colleague in an attack near the Benghazi Al-Ahly football club. A former security official was killed near Derna. The road to Tripoli airport was blocked due to clashes with RPG-wielding drug dealers that left two alleged dealers dead and destroyed several vehicles. Protesters forced the closure of an oil field in Marada.
A Benghazi security officer was severely injured by a car bomb. Security forces in Tobruk clashed with armed smugglers near the Egyptian border, who fled into Egypt. The Abu Saleem Brigade, an Islamist militia, is building a wall at a Derna university to segregate the sexes, and has agreed to provide security so long as the wall is built and female students wear the abeya and the hijab.