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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is said to be regrouping and moving freely between bases in Libya and neighboring countries; one base is in the Akkakush mountains near the Algerian border. The lack of a functioning military and police force is hampering efforts to maintain security, as clashes continue in the south. The Sarir power station closed due to security concerns. In Tripoli, a South Korean official was kidnapped, a candidate for the constitutional drafting committee escaped being assassinated, tensions remained in Warshefana and Janzour after the kidnapping of two local officials, and a guard at an Italian cemetery was killed and graves were damaged. In Benghazi, two security force members were murdered, another was injured by a grenade attack, and a police official escaped a car bombing.
The army chief of staff was killed in a clash between gangs and security forces in Tripoli. Congress ordered a state of high alert across the country, due to violence in the south. Government forces regained control of the Tamenhint airbase, but clashes continued in Sebha between army forces and Tebu militants. Three soldiers were killed in an ambush near the Sarir oilfield. Alleged pro-Ghaddafi supporters tried to vandalize an Italian cemetery in Tripoli. Masked gunmen attempting to storm a barracks and raid an armory in Benghazi were repelled by security forces.
A two-day truce collapsed in Sebha, as armed clashes broke out yesterday in which two people were killed and two more were wounded. Prime Minister Zeidan urged revolutionaries to head to the south to help the military and the Libyan Shield Brigades battle pro-Ghaddafi forces who have seized an airbase outside Sebha. In Benghazi yesterday, an explosives disposal expert was killed and three colleagues seriously wounded by a remotely-detonated bomb at a cigaratte kiosk, and a special forces soldier was murdered as he left Friday prayers. Two Italian construction workers were kidnapped in Derna.
The US Senate report on the September 2012 attack on the Benghazi mission notes that 15 Libyans who helped investigate the attack have since been murdered in Benghazi. Libyan media reiterated allegations that state security and intelligence agencies have been infiltrated, amid reports of escapes of suspects such as alleged Benghazi assassin Ali Al-Fezzani. Prime Minister Zeidan said the police are terrorized by militias, and threatened the use of force to secure the country. The Muslim Brotherhood urged Congress to sack Zeidan. Gunmen assassinated a political activist in Derna. A newspaper editor's home was hit by an RPG in Tripoli.
Gunmen fired 20 rounds into the Congress chamber yesterday. In the past 48 hours in Benghazi, a policeman and a special forces officer were assassinated in separate attacks, another special forces officer escaped an assassination attempt, and police station was targeted in a grenade attack. In Janzour, a councilor who also served as an imam was kidnapped. A 4x4 rally was postponed due to insecurity in Sebha. The son of Defense Minister Al-Thinni was released by kidnappers after four months' captivity. Libyan officials have announced the implementation of sharia law throughout the country.
The Deputy Minister of Industry, Hassan Al-Darole, was assassinated in Sirte. Ongoing clashes between members of the Awlad Sulieman clan and Tebu tribesmen in Sebha have killed at least 19 people and wounded 45. The former head of security in Wadi Shati near Sebha was shot dead in Tripoli yesterday. In Benghazi, an army colonel was murdered yesterday, a criminal investigations officer was critically injured by gunmen on Jan. 9, and a car bomb exploded yesterday while another bomb was defused.
Georges Nasr, the head of the Benghazi office of the UNSMIL mission, died suddenly at his home in Lebanon. The kidnapped son of a Benghazi newspaper editor was freed. An explosion in Derna destroyed shops and a cafe. A prolonged shootout ensued in Sebha when gunmen attacked soldiers who were guarding the main hospital. The navy intercepted an unauthorized Lebanese cargo ship in waters near Tobruk.
Prime Minister Zeidan warned that Libyan forces would target any tankers trying to take oil from the blockaded eastern terminals without first coordinating with the national oil corporation. About 100 protesters besieged the Congress building yesterday, demanding that lawmakers vote the prime minister out of office; they left after negotiations. Former National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdul Jalil set out the proposals of the National Dialogue Group for achieving stability and good governance. Two people, including a militia member, were murdered in Benghazi. Extra security forces have been deployed to Benghazi amid rumors that Tunisian and Algerian militants in the city are awaiting orders to take it over.
The tortured body of a female lawyer who was kidnapped in August was found dumped by the roadside in Tripoli. The Libyan navy intercepted a Maltese-flagged oil tanker trying to enter Libyan waters near the Sidra export terminal, which is officially closed. In the northeastern oasis town of Jalu, the local council is digging a deep trench around the town for security reasons.
The head of the Zawia Security Directorate was kidnapped outside the Prime Minister's office and held for several hours in Tripoli, then was released after intervention by the first deputy prime minister and the acting interior minister. A 77-year-old man and the young son of a newspaper editor were kidnapped in separate incidents in Benghazi. A bomb damaged a courthouse in southern Benghazi and seriously injured two security guards. New Zealand refuted reports that arrests were made in the killing of a New Zealander and a Briton in Sabratha.