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A security official escaped an assassination attempt in Benghazi. Thousands protested in Benghazi demanding better security; neither government officials nor Ansar al Sharia and other Islamist groups attended the protest. Four foreigners were arrested in Benghazi on suspicion of distributing Christian books and proselytizing. The military deployed 25 armored vehicles to the east.
Kidnappers in Tripoli seized the chairman of the Arab Contracting Union and his driver. On Feb. 10, an armed group kidnapped the deputy head of the national Fire Service and Civil Protection agency from his office in Tripoli. A car bomb exploded outside a Derna hotel. A fire started by a petrol bomb destroyed a Pepsi-Cola sugar warehouse in Tripoli. Libya's land borders with Tunisia and Egypt will be closed Feb. 14-18.
Four men detained for smuggling arms to Egypt escaped from custody in an ambush near Benghazi. A car bomb exploded in Beida; militants are said to be infiltrating the area. The military commander for Sirte was "arrested" by members of the Zawia Martyrs' Brigade. The Supreme Court ruled that under sharia a wife cannot prevent her husband from taking another wife.
Nine Syrian refugees, including a Syrian army officer, were arrested in Benghazi for possessing videos and documents on how to make explosives. An estimated 110,000 Syrian refugees are in Libya. The son of a Zawia congressman was kidnapped along with two companions; their captors are demanding the release of two prisoners.
Over 40 attackers, some dressed in military uniforms, stormed a detention center in Benghazi near the Ansar al Sharia headquarters and freed a number of inmates; an office was torched as well. The chief of the National Numbers Department, which issues identity cards, was kidnapped from his office in Tripoli.
The European Union agreed to help Libya with border security for the next two years. The UK pledged to provide military trainers and police advisers. A Benghazi police station was bombed but no one was hurt. The Misrata Martyrs Brigade in Beida handed over 100 Kalshnikovs to the Jebel Akhdar security department in a symbolic gesture.