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Five soldiers and a number of Sudanese shepherds who were kidnapped at the Alowianat checkpoint on the border with Sudan were released in exchange for two detained "smugglers"; there have been a number of kidnappings at the checkpoint. Clashes between Tebu tribesmen and Libya Shield militias in Ajdabiyia left at least one person dead, after gunmen attacked a government agricultural project north of Kufra. Last week the GNC passed a law criminalizing the possession of all kinds of weapons, including explosives.
A suicide car bomber detonated at a military base in Barsis, outside Benghazi, killing at least six people and wounding 15 more. Benghazi's newly appointed head of military intelligence was assassinated yesterday in Derna. The widow of murdered American teacher Ronnie Smith published a letter forgiving her husband's killers. Attackers stormed the Tripoli offices of two of Libya's Internet providers, forcing engineers to cut off services to all of western and southern Libya.
Police and military forces have been deployed in Tripoli to secure petrol stations, after 10 of them were vandalized and forced to close. A severed head was found in Benghazi, said to be that of the father of a senior Benghazi security official; the father was kidnapped weeks ago. The station manager for the state energy utility in Tobruk was assassinated by a car bomb; it is reportedly the first assassination in Tobruk since the Libyan revolution.
A local council office and the car of a local leader were both bombed in Derna on Dec. 16, and a helicopter reportedly used by the military crashed into the sea off the coast of Derna, killing all aboard. The head of the Tripoli Local Council said the removal of militias is going so slowly that it has almost stopped, and that the presence of heavy weapons remains a problem. Gunmen shot a policeman in Tripoli yesterday.
In one of the largest ever controlled demolitions in Libya, an international NGO in Misrata destroyed 50 tonnes of weapons and ammunition from bunkers damaged by NATO bombing during the Libyan revolution, including hundreds of high-explosive projectiles. Tunisia's ambassador to Libya said Tunisia still has no means to deal effectively with security issues along the Tunisia-Libya border.
A bomb exploded outside the offices of the election committee in Derna yesterday, and today a bomb damaged the Derna offices of the Justice & Construction party, the only political party offices left in the city. Responding to criticism that it was not cracking down on criminals, the Justice Ministry claimed it was doing its job but that the police and army were not; the Ministry said criminals who escaped during the revolution are still free because the National Transitional Council had issued an amnesty for most cases.
A suspected arson attack destroyed a store of tank ammunition at the Brak airbase in Wadi Shatti. An official from the Sirte passport office was assassinated. The leader of the Barqa Political Bureau, the militia mainly responsible for the shutdown of Libya's oil terminals, said the terminals will reopen on Dec. 15 if the government agrees to conditions regarding distribution of oil revenues. A human rights group charged that after 32 killings in Benghazi and at least 46 in Tripoli over the past six months, authorities have not detained, interrogated, or identified any suspects.
A car bomb at the funeral of a Benghazi intelligence official yesterday killed one person and injured six others; it is thought to be the first time a car bomb has targeted a terror victim's funeral in Libya, although the tactic is common in Iraq. Ansar al Sharia criticized the GNC's recent declaration that sharia is the "only source for legislation in Libya" and "above the constitution"; the al Qaeda-linked group called the statement a "manouevre" designed to confuse sharia supporters and appease a public demanding its imposition. Yemen released three Libyan prisoners, Fuad Masaud Ali Wadi, Essam Ali Rahil Salem, and Riyadh Mahmoud Andel-Jalil Assabri, to Libya.
Ronnie Smith, a US citizen who taught chemistry at an international school in Benghazi, was shot dead in the city. Gunmen in Benghazi also shot and killed an Army cadet and a special forces soldier. The head of Benghazi's Presidential Guards lost a leg when his car was bombed.
A General National Congress vote made sharia law the basis for all legislation and all state institutions. Protesters calling for the withdrawal of armed militias from Derna drove Ansar al Sharia militants from their headquarters in the city and set a jihadist radio station on fire. Ansar al Sharia denied firing on protesters. Car bombs in Derna destroyed the vehicles of an activist and a city councillor. Militiamen kidnapped five soldiers from a desert checkpoint southwest of Kufra near the Sudanese border. Prime Minister Zeidan is seeking to enforce the ban on militias in Benghazi.