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Tripoli security official Abdelmonem Al-Said, who founded the Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room militia in July, is suspected of involvement in a plot hatched a week ago to abduct Prime Minister Zeidan. The bodies of three men who had been tortured and killed were found outside the Tripoli suburb of Janzour. A car bomb damaged the joint Swedish-Finnish consulate in Benghazi. Abu Shaala, of Misrata, threatened to kill himself in Tobruk over the capture of Abu Anas al Libi.
An armed group seized Prime Minister Zeidan from his hotel and held him for several hours before he was rescued. A spokesman for the group, which had been hired to provide security in Tripoli, said Zeidan was "arrested" after reports that the Libyan government had been aware of the US operation to capture Abu Anas al Libi. The group that abducted him, the Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room, has ties to the defense and interior ministries. The LHOR has since denied involvement in the abduction. An armed group shot the Mizdah local council chief in an attempt to kidnap him. A Benghazi bomb disposal expert survived an assassination attempt. A criminal investigator in Derna was assassinated.
The GNC demanded that the US surrender Abu Anas al-Liby, an al Qaeda operative indicted by the US. Prime Minister Zeidan said the raid that captured al-Liby would not harm Libyan-US relations, but that Libyan suspects should be tried at home. Jihadists have issued calls to avenge al-Liby's capture. Armed members of the army's Battalion 166 stormed the Prime Minister's office demanding back pay. Police hunting members of an Islamist group who attacked a police checkpoint have surrounded the group near Sousa.
Key al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby is being interrogated on a US naval vessel in the Mediterranean after his capture in Tripoli on Oct. 5. A Pakistani warship visited Tripoli to boost military ties and cooperation between the two countries. A new order of Humvees will arrive soon; militants stole 14 Humvees this summer. The GNC ousted a congressman who had alleged that the Islamist J&C party illegally sold oil to the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Qaeda is said to have camps near Libya's porous southern borders, an area stretching from Algeria to Sudan which is patrolled only by Tuareg and Tebu militias.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has contacted US officials and asked them "to provide an explanation" for the capture of longtime al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al Libi on Libyan soil. Assassins gunned down a Libyan Air Force colonel in Benghazi.
US special forces captured Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai a.k.a. Abu Anas al-Liby in Tripoli, wanted for his role in al Qaeda's 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Nation Party head Abdulhakim Belhaj denied allegations that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group led by Belhaj has conducted assassinations in Tunisia with Ansar al Sharia, including that of secular politician Chokri Belaid. Gunmen ambushed security forces at the Tarhuna-Bani Walid checkpoint, killing 15 troops and wounding four. Several brigades were authorized to protect the Tripoli suburb of Suq-Al-Juma after the police station was attacked. In Benghazi, a retired senior police officer was assassinated, and two police stations were bombed. A 21-vehicle convoy of pilgrims was robbed at gunpoint.
The extent and nature of the attack on the Russian embassy remains unclear, but no Russian personnel were harmed and they have been evacuated to Tunisia after the Libyan government told them it could not protect the embassy. Libyan officials claimed that one of the attackers was killed and four were wounded. An angry group torched the police station in Tripoli's Suq-al Juma neighborhood.
Gunmen attacked the Russian Embassy in Tripoli with RPGs and other weapons. The gunmen attempted to enter the compound, the Russian foreign ministry stated, claiming the attack had been repelled. Libyan media said the embassy was looted and burned, and blamed a crowd of attackers, some armed, who were angered by the killing of a senior revolutionary commander by his Russian girlfriend or wife. Gunmen in Benghazi assassinated a naval officer and seriously wounded his son.
A UN report said torture has become widespread in Libyan jails since the Gaddafi regime was overthrown, and that 27 people have died from such torture; over 8,000 people are being held without trial in Libya. Unknown assailants killed three Benghazi security officials in separate incidents on Sept. 29. Two days before, armed men kidnapped a journalist and murdered his brother in Zintan.
The son of Defense Minister Al-Thani is said to have been kidnapped in the Tripoli suburb of Janzur by gunmen. A member of Prime Minister Zeidan's staff was kidnapped in Tripoli on Sept. 23. Former Guantanamo inmate Abdulhamid Abdussalam El Ghazzawi, 50, has arrived in Libya from Georgia, where he had been transferred by US authorities in 2010. He is said to be a veteran al Qaeda associate and member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Arsonists partially destroyed a 7,600-square meter "peace flag" in Benghazi; it was the largest peace flag in the world.
A popular Sufi cleric was assassinated in Derna; a group called Vanguards Of The Caliphate claimed the attack. Derna, which like Benghazi has seen a number of political assassinations this year, is a known stronghold of Ansar al Sharia. A commander of the SSC militia was murdered yesterday in Tripoli. Prime Minister Zeidan's press office denied reports that protesters at the Benghazi airport prevented him on Sept. 21 from entering the city. An armed gang in Benghazi shot and killed a businessman that same day.