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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.
A popular TV presenter who had just delivered a mosque lecture on assassinations and car bomb attacks in Benghazi was killed in a drive-by shooting in the city. A colonel on the army's general staff was shot and killed in Tripoli. Human Rights Watch reported that there have been at least 51 political assassinations in the eastern cities of Benghazi and Derna since the Libyan uprising in 2011, and no one has been prosecuted for the crimes and no suspects are being held. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings, which have increased over the past 12 months, and the only suspect escaped.
Commenting on the US expectation that Libya will arrest accused Ansar al Sharia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan news outlet said that "any arrests or seizures could make the present security crisis in Benghazi look like a minor disturbance in comparison." The spokesman for Benghazi's Joint Security Room criticized the Interior Ministry for failing to have any "presence on the ground" to maintain security in the city. A large car bomb exploded in Benghazi yesterday near a football club, killing the driver, who some said was an intelligence officer. The head of Sebha's security support forces was killed by a car bomb in Benghazi on Aug. 2.
Unknown attackers bombed the Ras Abeda police station in Benghazi again, wounding five people. A dispute broke out between the Interior Ministry and Benghazi security forces over the lack of security in Benghazi, including the fact that the city's eastern and western gates were unguarded after a mass jailbreak last week. The oil minister rejected accusations of underreporting oil exports and said Libyan oil export meters are defective. A US media report speculated that CIA operatives involved in moving weapons from Libya to Syrian rebels may have been present during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last September.