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An assistant to the commander of Benghazi's Rapid Intervention Security Force was murdered by gunmen outside a hospital, and an officer in the Benghazi Security Directorate escaped an assassination attempt as he drove to work. Masked gunmen killed two people and seriously wounded five more outside a Benghazi hotel in an attack on Ubaidi tribesmen who were calling for an investigation into the 2011 murder of Major-General Abdel-Fattah Younis. Algerian officials say Libya's nearly 1,000- kilometer border with Algeria is guarded by some 14 Salafist Tuareg militias, not by Libyan soldiers.
After GNC president Abu Sahmain abruptly changed the agenda by eliminating requests to disestablish the Libyan Revolutionaries Operation Room, which is accused of kidnapping Prime Minister Zeidan, to investigate Sahmain's support for LROR and other brigades, and to reverse his assumption of the post of Commander in Chief, 94 members of the GNC stormed out of the chamber in protest. A wedding and events hall was bombed in Benghazi. A border guard militia in Tobruk seized a shipment of 2,000,000 tablets of the opioid analgesic Tramadol being smuggled in from Egypt.
Assailants tried to kill the deputy head of crime prevention in Benghazi and wounded his brother; the two men are cousins of the city's recently assassinated military police chief. A kidnapped Benghazi immigration officer was murdered. An explosion in front of a Benghazi school being used as a training center for election workers destroyed several of the workers' cars and blew out windows in the school. Two bombs were defused in Benghazi on Oct. 24.
A militia commander in Sabha claimed he recently turned down al Qaeda's offer of $1 million for some Libyan weapons; he controls a major part of an abandoned arsenal said to include 4,000 surface-to-air missiles and thousands of barrels of uranium yellowcake. Some Libyan weapons are thought to have been sent to Syrian rebels. Benghazi's Joint Operations Room reportedly claimed that a number of suspects were arrested in Benghazi for links to the assassinations of security force members; the suspects are said to be African, with the majority from Chad. Responding to a May request from Prime Minister Zeidan for advice on rebuilding Libya's defense institutions, NATO agreed to establish a small Brussels-based advisory team.
Prime Minister Zeidan said Libya faces massive security challenges as its army and police forces have been "infiltrated" by persons and forces seeking to prevent its stability. He also claimed arrests have been made relating to the slew of assassinations, especially in the east, by persons who plan to "hijack the state," but said the government is not revealing their names at this time as such disclosure would put other people in danger. The government named Colonel Wanis Bukhamada as the new head of security in Benghazi; the past year has seen dozens of security officials assassinated in the city, where Ansar al Sharia is said to operate openly.
As many as 200 Egyptians taken captive on Oct. 18 by Islamist militiamen active in Benghazi were freed after their captors' demand that Egypt release 12 to 16 Libyan detainees, described variously as Libyan Muslim Brotherhood members or arms smugglers, was met. A Libyan Shield commander denied responsibility for the assassination of Libya's chief of military police, but admitted being on a list of 100 names allegedly given to the US by Prime Minister Zeidan. A former revolutionary commander was murdered in Emsalata, east of Tripoli. A car bombing seriously injured a member of the Zawia Martyrs Brigade in Sirte; the media speculated that the attack is due to "fast developing conflict in Benghazi between local tribes and Islamists." A cosmetics shop in Benghazi was damaged by an RPG.
The Chief of Libya's Military Police, Colonel Ahmed Mustafa Al-Barghathi, was assassinated outside his home in Benghazi by masked gunmen. Two policemen were wounded in Tripoli after gunmen attacked a checkpoint; four members of a militia were arrested.
A local army commander was assassinated in Derna, considered one of the most dangerous places in Libya. A Benghazi Joint Operations Room spokesman claimed that an explosion near a police station actually targeted a plant nursery. A recent explosion that killed four Ansar al Sharia militants at a camp in Sirte is rumored to have been the result of a US drone attack.