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The kidnapped son of a Benghazi special forces commander was released after a month of captivity. The GNC is still considering whether to sack Prime Minister Zeidan, but no candidates to replace him have been named. Last week, a Libyan Cabinet member made a rare admission that radical Islamist groups are behind the continuing violence in Benghazi, Derna, and other areas in the southwest.
The state TV station in Tripoli was attacked with RPGs, most likely by the
Jumaa al-Shahm militia. An Air Force colonel was assassinated in Benghazi. The General National Congress has relocated to a Tripoli hotel after protesters wounded six members of Congress and killed a security guard. GNC President Abu Sahmein said the GNC was considering ways to hand over power "as quickly as possible" to an elected body.
As many as 500 protesters denouncing lack of security in Benghazi, Derna, and Sirte torched cars at the GNC last night, calling for the GNC to resign. In separate attacks in Benghazi, a special forces member was killed in a car bombing, a Coptic Christian was shot, and a former security official was wounded. The bodies of four alleged Ansar al Sharia members who had fought in Syria were found on a road linking Benghazi's Benina airport to Al-Abyar; the bodies of two more men were found in Benghazi and Jarutha. Sirte officials, reportedly under pressure from Ansar al Sharia, ordered schoolgirls to wear the hijab. The head of the elections commission said 13 of 60 seats on the Constitutional Committee remain unfilled; he then resigned, citing the government's failure to provide election security.
Protesters stormed the GNC and wounded two members of parliament. In separate attacks in Benghazi over the weekend, gunmen shot and killed a Frenchman, assassinated a senior Air Force officer, and wounded an Egyptian and a policeman. In Sirte, gunmen assassinated the head of the military council; Ansar al Sharia is said to have a growing presence in the city. In Ajdabiya, the local council office was damaged by an RPG attack. In Tripoli, gunmen targeted the Moroccan Embassy on Feb. 28. In Derna, a women's cosmetics shop was bombed yesterday.
A state of alert was declared in Benghazi after the storming of the Defence Ministry building in the city two nights ago and protests over deteriorating security. The head of the Benghazi local council threatened to withhold city revenues unless the federal government addresses security concerns. A Misratan militia plans to impose a curfew in Sebha.
A US report said illicit trafficking in weapons, migrants, drugs, and smuggled goods now binds Libya's regions together more effectively than government does. Gunmen shot and killed a Benghazi policeman yesterday and injured another. Staff at a Benghazi hospital protested against growing insecurity. Violence in the south has caused the closure of a number of polling stations. Prime Minister Zeidan said Libya would start using Interpol red notices to arrest those who threaten security.
The military prosecutor said the air force helicopter that crashed near Essider two weeks ago was shot down by an armed group calling itself Al-Isnad Alamni; armed militants had fired at the aircraft as it was leaving Benghazi airport. A group of Bangladeshi workers kidnapped yesterday in Benghazi was freed by special forces. Arsonists torched the offices of the Bani Walid local council.
The bodies of seven Egyptian Christians who had been dragged from their Benghazi home and shot in the head were found on a beach outside the city. The Qatari Embassy denied that six men arrested in Benghazi last week were Qataris, and said there were no Qatari citizens in Libya except embassy staff. Derna residents denied reports that the home of ex-Gitmo detainee and Ansar Al-Sharia Sufian Bin Qumu was attacked by RPGs during a nearby clash in Derna last night. The GNC was evacuated last night after reports of heavy gunfire.
An RPG was fired at the Tunisian Consulate in Benghazi, which was attacked by Ansar al Sharia in June 2012. Gunmen murdered the son of a prominent doctor in Benghazi who had escaped an assassination attempt months ago. Benghazi Medical Centre staffers went on strike after gunmen stole their cell phones and a TV. A Tripoli hotel was set on fire during clashes between two armed groups.
Police arrested six Qataris at Benghazi airport carrying fake Libyan passports and $146,000 as they tried to board a flight to Istanbul. Two security force members were killed in Benghazi, and an unexploded bomb was found in a Benghazi school. Judges across the country have stopped working due to frequent assassinations and harassment. A joint Libyan-Tunisian inquiry has begun into the crash of Libyan military aid plane with a senior member of Ansar al Sharia allegedly on board.
A jihadist group calling itself the"Martyrs Brigades" announced its formation and that of the "Brigade of Hamza Abu Shartila"; the group flies al Qaeda's flag in its logo. A former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was among 11 people killed in a plane crash in Tunisia.
Ansar al Sharia in Libya issued a statement vowing it will no longer accept oppression, denouncing democracy, calling for sharia law, and threatening that the hands of "our people in Benghazi" and in other areas "are on the triggers." Turnout was low in the election for a constitutional drafting committee. In Derna, gunmen shot a man and blew up five polling stations, and Tebu tribesmen blocked 29 polling stations in Murzuq. A Benghazi judge died of injuries from an assassination attempt.
A judge was critically injured by a car bombing attack in Benghazi. The government played down threats by two militias calling for GNC members to quit; but over 20 GNC members left after the threats. Prime Minister Zeidan said a compromise was reached with the militias to extend the deadline for the GNC by 72 hours. The Tripoli offices of a TV station that has criticized Ansar al Sharia and the Muslim Brotherhood was hit by antiaircraft missiles, in the second attack on the station in a week.
The al-Sawaiq and Qaqa militia brigades told the Congress to hand over power within five hours. Security guards at Benghazi's Benina airport forced it to close for six hours as they demanded back pay and an investigation into the recent crash of a military helicopter. The military police criticized the GNC for stating that Major General Khalifa Haftar, who is accused of attempting a coup, had been tracked down by intelligence agencies; the military police claimed sole authority to arrest him.
Wreckage from an Air Force helicopter that crashed last week with five people aboard was found near Essider; the cause of the crash has not been determined. A remotely-detonated bomb inflicted heavy damage on the Scouts and Guides building in Benghazi.
About 90 inmates escaped from Mager Prison in Zliten; some 1,700 prisoners have escaped in a series of breakouts across Libya over the past 12 months. An Air Force helicopter that went missing on Feb. 13 near Essider still has not been located. Gunmen tried to assassinate a policeman in Benghazi yesterday. Two Benghazi hospitals closed on Feb. 13 due to security concerns.
Khalifa Haftar, the former head of Libya's ground forces, announced that "[t]he national command of the Libyan army is declaring a movement for the new road map" and called for suspension of the interim parliament. Prime Minister Zeidan dismissed the statement, saying everything is "under control" and "working just fine." Defense Minister al Thani reportedly said that a military coup had been foiled, and orders have been issued to arrest those behind the coup. Abdullah Mansur, Ghaddafi's former security chief, has been handed over to Libya by Niger.