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Some 23 armed militants from Ansar al Sharia stormed into the lab at the Benghazi hospital on the pretext that out of date materials were on the premises; the lab was closed for three hours as a result. Gunmen also stormed into a Tripoli hospital and killed two patients. The air force targeted a six-truck convoy of fuel smugglers near Ghadames on the Algerian-Tunisian border, killing 13 people, only two of whom were Libyans.
On a visit to Libya, US Senator John McCain dismissed rumors that the US plans to put troops on the ground to help with security, but said the US would help with training and equipment if so requested by the Libyan government. He also said that the spread of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is a "fact."
Gunmen from the Supreme Security Committee militia who took over the main prison in Tripoli threatened to release all the prisoners. Staff at the state TV station are on indefinite strike due to harassment by militias. A lawyers' group called for protection of human rights and prosecution of those responsible for attacks on Sufi shrines.
A senior assistant to Prime Minister Zeidan was kidnapped at a checkpoint outside Tripoli. Zeidan condemned an attack on the Justice Ministry, blamed the attack on the Tamarhind military airbase on cross-border smugglers, and dismissed reports of "large convoys" of smugglers. Unknown attackers bombed the courthouse in Derna; the judiciary suspended work there in December citing security concerns.
A large number of gunmen attacked the Tamahind military base near Sabha, about 500 miles south of Tripoli. A military spokesman said the assailants, who were Libyan, killed two officers and injured three more. Security forces have cleared 36 buildings in Tripoli that were used by illegal battalions.
A major Sufi shrine, the Al-Andlusi mausoleum in Tajura, was destroyed in a bombing attack by suspected Salafists. A Defense Department official denied that there are plans for the release of four Christians arrested for proselytizing.
After rioting in prison, 50 inmates escaped in Sabha; nine have been recaptured and 36 remain at large. One guard was killed and two were injured during the jailbreak. An unknown assassin fired 30 rounds at a senior member of the Thunderbird special forces outside his home in Benghazi, wounding him in the legs. Over 20 security officials have been assassinated in Benghazi over the past year.
"Unknown assailants" shot at members of the Tripoli Central Police Station and also shot the police chief as he sat in his car. Two policemen in Benghazi were injured by a car bomb. Tripoli Military Court sentenced seven members of the Al-Awfia brigade to prison for a June 2012 attack on Tripoli airport; 12 others were sentenced in absentia.
Libya closed its embassy in Cairo because of recent Copt protests at the embassy against persecution of Christians in Libya. In its first prisoner exchange deal since the revolution, Libya signed an agreement with Iraq for prisoner swaps and judicial cooperation.