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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.
A Benghazi criminal investigation officer was killed by a car bomb yesterday; two more car bombs detonated in Benghazi the day before. US special forces said to be involved in a training mission at Salahuddin reportedly withdrew after the theft of "important" equipment last month in two raids by a militia. The US announced plans to train as many as 8,000 Libyan soldiers at two joint US-Bulgarian military bases in Bulgaria. The local Abusleem Martyrs' Brigade told Derna University officials that they must segregate male and female students if the brigade is to provide security.
A powerful car bomb detonated outside the Benghazi offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, injuring two guards and destroying the front of the building. The blast, which occurred on the one-year anniversary of the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, involved such a large quantity of explosives that the bomb vehicle was destroyed and two nearby buildings were also damaged. Prime Minister Zeidan blamed the attack on "a force that wants no state and to turn Libya to a battlefield of terrorism and explosion." He said a similar bomb had been found and defused yesterday outside the Foreign Ministry in Tripoli.
A retired colonel was assassinated and his son critically injured by a car bomb in Benghazi. Two government ministries closed on Sept. 8 after a "polite request" by protesters entering their offices, who said they should stop working. Libya is working on boosting military ties with Sudan. The National Security Committee said that the UN embargo on arms to Libya must be lifted in order for the country's borders to become secure.
Gunmen ambushed a military vehicle near Sirte, killing two soldiers and injuring a third. Gunmen in Benghazi killed two special forces soldiers in separate drive-by shootings; a special forces major was injured in an unsuccessful assassination attempt. Police are looking for an armed group of Islamist militants who attacked a checkpoint in the eastern coastal town of Sousa on Sept. 6; a guard and two militants were injured in the clash. Over 600 Egyptians who recently arrived in Libya with forged visas are being repatriated. Prime Minister Zeidan said the Libyan Brotherhood is giving "[o]nly moral support," not logistical help, to its counterparts in Egypt.
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.