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Extremists issued death threats against the head of a Sufi center in Tripoli, threw a bomb at three of his sons, and attacked another son, continuing a campaign of violence against Sufis that began in August. A Sufi mosque and a madrassa have been attacked, as well as Sufi shrines and graves, and citizens near the mosque have been harassed.
AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham said that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is thought to have been linked to the Sept. 11 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi. "Extremists" have attempted to kill the head of a Sufi center and his sons for opposing Salafists and speaking out against the destruction of shrines.
Egypt closed its consulate in Benghazi due to security concerns; embassies in Tripoli are also worried about rising instability. In Benghazi, two security officials' cars were bombed, and a retired colonel was murdered. Former political leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is being questioned about the death of Libyan insurgent commander General Abdel Fattah Younes.
A bomb attached to a police car exploded in front of a police station in Benghazi, injuring three policemen and damaging the building; police arrested several suspects. Rival armed militias battled in Tripoli, destroying the headquarters of the SSC, an umbrella group. At least 11 people were killed in the clash, and 12 suspects have been arrested, including militia commander Mohamed Al-Warfali.
Parliament was suspended as armed protesters occupied an area near Libya's parliament building, blocking roads and beating up journalists. The protesters demanded the removal of any government minister who had held a position under the Qaddafi regime.