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Gunmen opened fire on the armored car of the Italian consul general in Benghazi, then escaped; no one was injured. Italy condemned the Jan. 12 attack as "a vile act of terrorism." Libya is considering the establishment of a diplomatic protection force.
One of two assailants died in an assassination attempt on Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is a suspect in the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the murder of rebel commander Abdelfattah Younes. The Defense Ministry ordered all military personnel to rejoin their units.
Mohamed Magarief, the head of Libya's parliament, survived an assassination attempt while on a state visit to the city of Sebha, in an area declared a closed military zone last month; three of his guards were wounded in the attack. About 10 percent of the powerful Supreme Security Committee's militiamen have accepted the government's invitation to join the police force.
Gaddafi-era security official Lieutenant Colonel Nasser al Magrabi was found shot to death at his farm near Benghazi. The day before, the head of Benghazi's criminal investigations department, Abdelsalam al Mahdawi, was kidnapped at gunpoint. Libyan officials said the trial for Saif al Islam, Libya's former Intelligence Chief and a son of Gaddafi, will begin in February.
Gunmen from a militant Islamist group kidnapped Abdulsalam al Mihdawi, the acting head of criminal investigation in Benghazi. The militants attacked al Mihdawi and two colleagues in his car as it waited at a stoplight in the city. Over a dozen security officials have been assassinated in Benghazi in recent months.
The main suspect in the Sept. 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Ahmed Boukhtala, remains at large, living freely in Benghazi. Ahmed is linked to Ansar al Sharia, and has said any Libyan opposed to sharia is a non-Muslim. He is also a suspect in the assassination of rebel commander General Abdelfattah Younis.
A bomb exploded at an Egyptian Coptic church in Misrata, killing two Egyptians and wounding two other people; there are currently no suspects. Courts in Jebel Akhdar suspended operations due to security threats in Derna.
Benghazi citizens demonstrated on Friday against armed militias. Ansar al Sharia is said to be based outside the city. Salafist groups have proliferated in Libya recently.
A police lieutenant was shot and killed at his home near Benghazi by an unknown assailant; the policeman's mother was injured in the attack. The Interior Ministry announced plans to investigate complaints against policemen, after a video surfaced on YouTube allegedly showing signs of torture on a suspect arrested in Benghazi.