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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.
The former head of the National Transitional Council accused "Libyan Islamists" of both the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi and the assassination of rebel commander General Abdulfatah Younis. The Interior Ministry announced a plan to dismantle and disarm Libyan militia groups, and said judges are investigating recent attacks on Benghazi security officials.
Two more policemen were killed in a shootout with an "armed group" outside of the Benghazi Security Directorate. The director of the Benghazi Security Directorate was killed last month.
Nasser Torshani, an Ansar al Sharia official in Benghazi, denied that the al Qaeda-linked group was involved in assassinations of police officials in the city. He claimed that former Qaddafi loyalists have been executing police officers.
Six senior Islamists, including former Guantanamo inmate Sufyan Ben Qumu, have denied involvement in the assassinations of security officials in Benghazi. The inquiry into the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has stalled due to the influence of militant groups. Without explanation, a court in Benghazi dropped the case of Abdul Fatah Younis, who was murdered while leading rebel forces in July 2011.
Assailants attacked two Benghazi police stations on Sunday in an attempt to free one or two prisoners linked to assassinations of security officials; four policemen were killed and several others were wounded. Assailants also attacked the Derna radio station, and fired at the police chief and a colleague. Fighter jets hit a smugglers' camp near Kufra in the newly declared southern military zone.
Police arrested a suspect in the assassination of Benghazi's police chief. The unnamed suspect implicated seven Islamists, including former Guantanamo Bay inmate Sufyan Ben Qumu. Islamists killed three policemen while attempting to free the suspect. The Congress voted to close Libya's borders with Sudan, Niger, and Chad and declare the south a restricted military area.