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The Foreign Minister warned that extremists networking in the Sahel have an Afghan connection and recommended strict control of the Algeria-Mali border. The nephew of the former head of the National Liberation Army was assassinated in Benghazi. A Misrata council member involved in the reconciliation process was murdered. Libya is strengthening security around its oil fields after a threat to one of them.
Western embassies warned their citizens to leave Benghazi over a "specific and imminent threat" in the city. Prime Minister Zeidan said his government "is serious in protecting our petroleum installations." Air Malta canceled flights between Benghazi and Tripoli over security concerns. Although the UK, Netherlands, and Germany have issued alerts, the Libyan interior ministry denied there was an increased threat to Westerners.
A car bomb killed a member of the National Security Directorate in Benghazi. The day before, one policeman was killed and two were injured in a car bombing in Benghazi's Kish district. Five Pakistani Ahmedis and a Libyan convert were arrested on suspicion of trying to convert Libyans to the Ahmedi sect.
Gunmen opened fire on the armored car of the Italian consul general in Benghazi, then escaped; no one was injured. Italy condemned the Jan. 12 attack as "a vile act of terrorism." Libya is considering the establishment of a diplomatic protection force.