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US special forces captured Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai a.k.a. Abu Anas al-Liby in Tripoli, wanted for his role in al Qaeda's 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Nation Party head Abdulhakim Belhaj denied allegations that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group led by Belhaj has conducted assassinations in Tunisia with Ansar al Sharia, including that of secular politician Chokri Belaid. Gunmen ambushed security forces at the Tarhuna-Bani Walid checkpoint, killing 15 troops and wounding four. Several brigades were authorized to protect the Tripoli suburb of Suq-Al-Juma after the police station was attacked. In Benghazi, a retired senior police officer was assassinated, and two police stations were bombed. A 21-vehicle convoy of pilgrims was robbed at gunpoint.
The extent and nature of the attack on the Russian embassy remains unclear, but no Russian personnel were harmed and they have been evacuated to Tunisia after the Libyan government told them it could not protect the embassy. Libyan officials claimed that one of the attackers was killed and four were wounded. An angry group torched the police station in Tripoli's Suq-al Juma neighborhood.
Gunmen attacked the Russian Embassy in Tripoli with RPGs and other weapons. The gunmen attempted to enter the compound, the Russian foreign ministry stated, claiming the attack had been repelled. Libyan media said the embassy was looted and burned, and blamed a crowd of attackers, some armed, who were angered by the killing of a senior revolutionary commander by his Russian girlfriend or wife. Gunmen in Benghazi assassinated a naval officer and seriously wounded his son.
A UN report said torture has become widespread in Libyan jails since the Gaddafi regime was overthrown, and that 27 people have died from such torture; over 8,000 people are being held without trial in Libya. Unknown assailants killed three Benghazi security officials in separate incidents on Sept. 29. Two days before, armed men kidnapped a journalist and murdered his brother in Zintan.
The son of Defense Minister Al-Thani is said to have been kidnapped in the Tripoli suburb of Janzur by gunmen. A member of Prime Minister Zeidan's staff was kidnapped in Tripoli on Sept. 23. Former Guantanamo inmate Abdulhamid Abdussalam El Ghazzawi, 50, has arrived in Libya from Georgia, where he had been transferred by US authorities in 2010. He is said to be a veteran al Qaeda associate and member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Arsonists partially destroyed a 7,600-square meter "peace flag" in Benghazi; it was the largest peace flag in the world.
A popular Sufi cleric was assassinated in Derna; a group called Vanguards Of The Caliphate claimed the attack. Derna, which like Benghazi has seen a number of political assassinations this year, is a known stronghold of Ansar al Sharia. A commander of the SSC militia was murdered yesterday in Tripoli. Prime Minister Zeidan's press office denied reports that protesters at the Benghazi airport prevented him on Sept. 21 from entering the city. An armed gang in Benghazi shot and killed a businessman that same day.
A Benghazi criminal investigation officer was killed by a car bomb yesterday; two more car bombs detonated in Benghazi the day before. US special forces said to be involved in a training mission at Salahuddin reportedly withdrew after the theft of "important" equipment last month in two raids by a militia. The US announced plans to train as many as 8,000 Libyan soldiers at two joint US-Bulgarian military bases in Bulgaria. The local Abusleem Martyrs' Brigade told Derna University officials that they must segregate male and female students if the brigade is to provide security.
A powerful car bomb detonated outside the Benghazi offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, injuring two guards and destroying the front of the building. The blast, which occurred on the one-year anniversary of the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, involved such a large quantity of explosives that the bomb vehicle was destroyed and two nearby buildings were also damaged. Prime Minister Zeidan blamed the attack on "a force that wants no state and to turn Libya to a battlefield of terrorism and explosion." He said a similar bomb had been found and defused yesterday outside the Foreign Ministry in Tripoli.