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A grenade was thrown into the security force compound in Mitiga. A former intelligence officer escaped an assassination attempt in Ajdabiya; there have been 68 assassinations in Benghazi over the past two years. Former Ansar al-Sharia militia leader Ahmed Boukhtala, who has been charged by the US for the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, remains free in Libya. Sufi graves and shrines were desecrated in Mizda. The Communications and Informatics Ministry said that government websites and Facebook pages had been hacked on numerous occasions, and a fiber optic cable in Derna had been sabotaged; no suspects were named.
An armed gang forced the Egyptian consul out of his car in Tripoli yesterday and stole it; there have been a number of carjackings of diplomatic vehicles in the capital recently. The GNC's Energy Committee said Libyan oil production is at a standstill due to armed strikers at the facilities. A man was killed in clashes between armed groups, including Ansar al Sharia, in Sirte; last month Derna jihadists said they would move to Sirte after their leader, Ahmed al-Tir a.k.a. Abu Ali, the al-Farouk brigade commander whom al Qaeda recently named as emir of Sirte, was fatally wounded there.
Prime Minister Zeidan said that about 50,000 people are needed for a new intelligence agency. Authorities denied rumors that police in the eastern city of Marj had clashed on Aug. 25 with Islamist fighters from a 15-vehicle convoy bearing al Qaeda flags. Egypt's interim prime minister asked Libya to step up prevention of arms smuggling into Egypt, as smuggled weapons are said to be going to rebel tribesmen in Sinai or across into Gaza, and to provide more protection for Egyptian diplomats in Libya. The head of an NGO involved in clearing old munitions said funding is drying up, and that 32 of 43 bunkers near Misrata remain to be cleared.
Prime Minister Zeidan denied rumors that "foreign troops" in 1,500 vehicles were heading to Brega and the south. Libya plans to send hundreds of soldiers, including former revolutionaries, to Turkey, Italy, and the UK for military training. Masked gunmen assassinated Benghazi's top bomb-disposal expert on Aug. 23. The spokesman for Benghazi's Joint Security Room said he thought the long string of assassinations in Benghazi was made up of just "random incidents."
Security forces arrested three men suspected of involvement in a string of car bomb assassinations in Benghazi. A Benghazi prison guard was murdered. Guards foiled an attempted prison break in Tripoli; up to 12 people were injured in the clash. A two-stage rocket and gun attack on the main police station in Sebha injured 12 people; the attackers escaped. More than 10,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Libya since 2011.
Benghazi security forces arrested an armed group that had 14 bags of TNT explosives at a farm in the area. An armed group attacked the vehicle of a Congolese diplomat in Tripoli and injured his driver. Prime Minister Zeidan refused a demand by a minority of the congress that he resign.
Unidentified assailants rammed the last vehicle of a three-car convoy in which EU ambassador Nataliya Apostolova was traveling, as the convoy left the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli for the ambassador's residence. The gunmen threatened and beat the vehicle's driver and stole items from the car. Police did not intervene. The Libyan navy said it will start inspecting oil tankers to prevent the illegal export of Libyan oil.
A retired judge was shot dead in Benghazi after leaving dawn prayers at a mosque. The Benghazi Local Council blamed the government for failing to uphold security and judicial processes throughout Libya, and particularly in Benghazi. Outgoing Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Sheikh said he resigned because Prime Minister Zeidan disrupted Al-Sheikh's measures to activate the police and the interior ministry.
A bomb detonated outside the Egyptian consulate in Benghazi yesterday, injuring a guard. Militiamen in Tripoli yesterday seized and beat a bank manager in front of his staff, who later went on strike, demanding a government investigation of the assault. Interior Minister Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh resigned, citing interference with his mandate by unspecified members of Congress. Three members of Congress are being sued by 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, who claim the three defamed them by alleging they received $250,000 from Qatar "for the ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya."
Residents of the coastal city of Derna are complaining about the increasing presence and activities of al Qaeda-linked groups, including the Sufian al-Quma brigade, which is led by a former driver for Osama bin Laden. The government and media are keeping silent about the groups, residents claim. Reports of the emergence of the Derna group, called Ansar al Sharia, appeared over a year ago, but the Interior Minister claimed that all was under control. Yesterday Prime Minister Zeidan promised that results of terror investigations in Benghazi would be revealed soon; no significant terror arrests have been made in Libya since the 2011 revolution, despite much talk of investigations and "progress."
A Benghazi Special Forces colonel was injured by a car bomb attack on his vehicle, and a female journalist in Benghazi was shot at and threatened. Gunmen attacked and robbed Italian police trainers in Tripoli. Two soldiers were killed in Sirte. A journalist was injured in a drive-by shooting in Ajdabiya. Border security personnel turned back some 250 Egyptian workers with fake visas trying to enter Libya. An estimated 14,000 to 17,000 prisoners remain at large since escaping from Libyan prisons over the past two years.