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Extremists attacked a Coptic church in Benghazi on Feb. 28 and assaulted the priest and his assistant. Earlier in the week, 50 to 100 Copts were arrested on charges of proselytizing and deported to Egypt; Coptic authorities said the Copts were tortured while in Libyan detention. On Dec. 30, attackers bombed a Coptic church in Misrata, killing two people.
Ansar al Sharia has re-emerged in Benghazi, maintaining a checkpoint at the western entrance to the city and controlling the road to Tripoli. Although its security role is unauthorized, the group is negotiating a deal allowing it to turn over detainees to the government. Members of another Islamist group, the Rafallah al-Sahati battalion, are also reassuming positions in the city.
Prime Minister Zeidan said a number of government officials have been sacked and replaced. A new police chief was appointed for Benghazi after protesting policemen demanded that the former chief be dismissed and the penal code be made compliant with sharia law. A prosecutor was beaten up and detained for five days in Benghazi. A terrorist cell in Bani Walid was dismantled after an explosion killed its leader, a member of the "Khamis Brigade."
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.