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Tripoli's Al-Ahly soccer team withdrew from the national league in protest after threats to its players and gun attacks on a player and the coach; security issues already prevent fans from attending soccer games, which are televised instead. The deputy spokesperson for the US Secretary of State disagreed with the notion that Libya was falling apart, but US businessmen have expressed concerns about growing instability, and a US Marine crisis response team was moved from Spain to Italy on Oct. 8.
Mayhem in Benghazi is being blamed on Ahmed Boukhtala, a militant leader with ties to Ansar al Sharia who is also suspected in the Sept. 11, 2012 on the US Consulate. Malta's consul in Benghazi left Libya after receiving a "credible threat" to his safety. A bomb killed a Benghazi policeman. Militants slit the throats of two soldiers in Benghazi. Four militants at an Ansar al Sharia camp in Sirte were killed while moving explosives; one of the dead militants was said to be an Egyptian, and two others were identified as Mohamed Mahmoud Al-Mashaiye and Adel Al-Forjani. Libyan professional soccer players in Tripoli are being threatened and attacked. A security official was assassinated in Zliten. Prime Minister Zeitan called the Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room "terrorists" who want to bring down the government.
Gunmen shot and killed a senior officer in Benghazi; another senior officer in Benghazi was injured in a car bombing. A Benghazi imam also was injured in a car bombing. The Benghazi home of a Sirte commander was bombed yesterday. The Derna head of the liberal National Forces Alliance party survived an assassination attempt on Oct. 11. A fire broke out near the Foreign Ministry yesterday. Mohamed Sawan, who heads the Justice and Construction party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, called for the resignation of Prime Minister Zeidan.
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.