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Libyan gunmen seized 150 Egyptian trucks and their drivers and are holding them near Ajdabiya, reportedly in protest against Egypt's imposition of a life sentence on a Libyan smuggler. About 40 masked gunmen gathered outside the Prime Minister's office yesterday. On March 3, a special forces officer was murdered in Benghazi and a Derna security official survived an attack by gunmen. At least 26 security force members were killed in Benghazi last month. Seven bodies were found in a mass grave in Tawergha.
The bodies of three men thought to be crew members from an Air Force helicopter that went missing after takeoff in Sidra on Feb. 12 were found in a makeshift grave outside Sirte. The body of the pilot was found near Brega on March 23 and the co-pilot's body was found near Sirte five days ago. Benghazi residents are concerned about the proliferation of unregulated extremist Koranic schools in Libya.
State-owned Jumhuriya bank employees went on strike nationwide to protest the killing of a colleague in Sebha. A kidnapped bank manager was freed in Osari after payment of a ransom. Arsonists burned down a local council office in Tripoli and a women's center.
Three Libyans who had hijacked an oil tanker and forced its crew to load illicit oil were released; the Attorney General's staff denounced the decision and called for the Attorney General to resign. Ibrahim Jadhran and his "Cyrenaica Defence Forces" have moved from Ajdabiya to Ras Lanouf; the Ajdabiya security head escaped an attempted kidnapping. The brother of a former security official in Tripoli was kidnapped and killed. Gunmen forced the closure of the Youth and Sports Ministry in Tripoli.
Assassins in Benghazi targeted intelligence officers over the past two days, killing one and injuring two others in three separate attacks. A Benghazi security official was injured in a separate attack, and robbers killed a Sudanese shop assistant in the city. The renegade tanker Morning Glory moved from Tripoli to Khoms; its owner has not surfaced. The Martyrs Brigades vowed to avenge the killing of Ali al-Draiwi a.k.a. Abu Dher al-Libi, an aide to Ansar al Sharia leader and ex-Gitmo detainee Abu Sufyan bin Qumu.
An unknown group exploded a massive quantity of ordnance that was stored in 40 underground bunkers outside Sebha. Experts defused a car bomb near a school in Ajdabiya. The captain of an oil tanker that illicitly loaded Libyan oil said the ship's owner had told him to take on the oil in Libya after crossing the Suez canal. The media head of Libya's Central Bank was freed after being tortured and shot by his kidnappers.
Armed men set up blockades on several roads leading to Tripoli airport. Protesters threatened a shutdown of the Ruwais power plant, which would cause outages in Tripoli. Security forces intercepted a shipment of 480 tons of subsidized flour that was being smuggled out of Benghazi via Sebha into Chad and Niger.
A former manager of a Benghazi hotel was murdered by gunmen who shouted the Shahada and "Allahu Akhbar." A prominent poet was shot dead in Benghazi yesterday, and a TV cameraman was wounded by gunfire. The head of ENI, the biggest foreign oil company working in Libya, warned that the continuing disruptions at the oil facilities risk permanently damaging the geology of the oilfields.
Tripoli airport was closed after missiles were fired at the runway and the control tower. An official of the Central Bank in Tripoli was kidnapped. A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped in Tripoli on March 21. Staff blockaded the Military Intelligence headquarters in Tripoli to protest the appointment of Salah Badi, a former Air Force officer, as the new head. A colonel and a soldier were shot dead in separate attacks in Benghazi. Sebha airport has remained closed due to insecurity for the past three months.
Gunmen killed a soldier in Benghazi today and a navy recruit in Derna on March 21. Gunmen robbed a bank van in Derna of $600,000. An Italian who worked for a construction company in Tobruk was kidnapped. In Zawia, the military's former Chief of Staff was abducted and then released. The forces of Ibrahim Jadhran pushed one of three occupying brigades out of a military camp in Ajdabiya.
The US sailors who escorted the renegade oil tanker Morning Glory back to Libya have handed it over to the Libyan navy. Hours earlier, 16 people were killed in clashes between Libyan troops and separatist rebels in Ajdabiya, the hometown of Ibrahim Jathran, whose forces are blockading eastern oil terminals. The Tunisian ambassador denied reports that a member of his diplomatic staff was kidnapped in Tripoli. A rocket hit the offices of the intelligence department in Tripoli last night.
The airport in Tripoli has reopened after a missile attack that was later reported to be a small bomb. A tanker loaded with illicit oil is being escorted back to Libya by 25 US sailors, who have taken custody of three Libyans who had commandeered the ship from its crew. Japan donated $5 million for the UN project to secure Libya's weapons and explosives stockpiles slated to start in April. Two vehicles belonging to an independent TV station were blown up in Benghazi. Bombs were thrown at a police station in Sabri. The head of the Air Force was sacked.
Mohammed Al Douri, a leading Islamist in Derna who was an associate of wanted ex-Gitmo detainee and Ansar al Sharia leader Sufian Bin Qumu, was shot dead on March 17; a Benghazi group has reportedly begun killing extremists on its "hit list." Gunmen in Tripoli kidnapped a former Interior Ministry official. An officer in the army's high readiness unit was assassinated in Tripoli; his brother was attacked last week. The UN voted to impose sanctions for the illegal export of oil from Libya. Ibrahim Jadhran urged the Arab League to intervene on behalf of Cyrenaica federalists over the oil tanker affair.
After a bombing at a Benghazi military academy that killed at least 11 people and wounded many more, Justice Minister Marghani urged Libyans to "declare war on terrorists who have been killing Libyans and foreigners in the cities of Benghazi and Derna," and said international help is needed in the fight as Libya has no military or police force to bring the terrorists to justice. An Iraqi Christian professor at the University of Sirte was shot dead. The bodies of two people with their hands chopped off were found in Benghazi. Libya and Egypt agreed to suspend visa requirements for some border area residents. Ibrahim Jedran, whose militia took over Libya's eastern oil ports last year, accused the US of "piracy" for escorting a renegade tanker with illicit oil back to Libya.