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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.
Judiciary police facilitated the escape of some 200 detainees at Sebha prison on Tuesday in Libya's volatile south. The region suffers from gangs, armed criminal outfits, smuggling rings, and most recently, a large influx of non-Libyan illegal immigrants as well as the presence of al Qaeda-linked fighters.