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Militiamen blockaded the Foreign Ministry again, after pressing Congress to pass a law barring Gaddafi-era officials from holding public office. The militiamen now demand the removal of Prime Minister Zeidan. The Zeidan government has rejected allegations by Chad and Niger that Libya is harboring Islamist terrorists recently driven out of Mali. A top Libyan intelligence official stated that three new training camps for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have sprung up in southern Libya in the past few weeks. Local sources claim that al Qaeda had also planned to attack the British Council in Tripoli immediately after bombing the French Embassy on April 23.
Militias surrounding governmental ministries relaxed their siege after the Congress overwhelmingly passed a law prohibiting Gaddafi-era officials from holding office. A female photojournalist was attacked in Benghazi.
Both Canada and France denounced the continuing siege of governmental ministries in Tripoli by armed militias. Clashes erupted between supporters of the government and the militias. The armed militiamen "hit" the Electricity Ministry yesterday, after blockading the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior on Monday, and attacking the Finance and Justice Ministries.
Some 170 detainees escaped from Sebha prison yesterday; some have returned voluntarily to their cells, but a large number have disappeared. Rogue militias calling for the passage of a law barring former Gaddafi regime officials from holding office continue to blockade the Foreign and Justice Ministries in Tripoli. The UN called for dialogue.
A bomb damaged a police station in Benghazi. Gunmen attacked a security battalion headquarters in Derna, killing one person, and a car bomb was discovered nearby. A bomb threat in Tripoli halted a movie festival.
A massive car bomb destroyed much of the French embassy in Tripoli and wounded two guards. The Foreign Ministry said a French-Libyan team would investigate the "terrorist act." On April 19, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb threatened to retaliate against France for its military mission in Mali. A soldier was shot in Benghazi, and the brother of a prisoner who died in an ambush of a prisoner-transfer convoy tried to blockade Tripoli airport.
A lawyers' human rights group said recent amendments to the interim Constitutional Declaration are "alarming." The latest amendment, adopted on April 9, allegedly violates citizens' rights and the principle of separation of powers.
Armed gunmen in three cars attacked a police vehicle that was transferring prisoners from central Tripoli to Tajoura. The attackers, who managed to escape, seriously wounded two guards, killed one prisoner, and took another prisoner away with them.
Congress named the constitutional election law committee. The UN Support Mission in Libya warned of a fraudulent Facebook page. A Tripoli prosecutor said alcohol and drug smugglers should be executed and those who or use drugs should be whipped. A conservative women's group aiming to help build Libya as an Islamic state held its first meeting.
Sufyan bin Qumu, a former driver for Osama bin Laden and ex-Guantanamo detainee, is said to have been shot in the Islamist stronghold of Darna. He has been linked to the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi last fall that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. Libyan media said a colleague of Qumu's was shot in a failed attempt to assassinate Qumu, who is a founder of Ansar al Sharia in Libya. Another Ansar al Sharia commander was killed in Sirte last week.
Unknown assailants stormed into a Tripoli hospital firing weapons, causing staff and patients to flee; units from the SSC militia, which is linked to the storming of Jadaida prison on April 1, "arrested a number of the attackers." The central bank confirmed that $2 billion given to Egypt was a "deposit," not a loan; Egypt recently arrested and extradited members of the Qaddafi regime.
Unknown assailants attacked Sebha security forces for the second time in two weeks, killing three security force members and wounding four more. Twenty attackers were arrested, and weapons and stolen cars were seized. Border police arrested some Libyans who were allegedly entering the country from Egypt with pro-Qaddafi material.