Libya Special Deterrence Forces Mistakenly Raid Home, Kill Man and Pregnant Wife

Libya Special Deterrence Forces Mistakenly Raid Home, Kill Man and Pregnant Wife

ISIS IN ACTION

On 10 July, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Criminal Investigations Department in Brega arrested an individual suspected of being an ISIS fighter. During the arrest, the suspect was discovered to possess a suicide belt.

On 10 July, in the earlier hours of the morning, a large contingent of Special Deterrence Forces (Rada) fighters with at least 16 vehicles, raided the house of a suspected ISIS member in Tripoli. A large number of arms and ammunition were also seized. However, on 11 July Rada said that the assailant was not linked with ISIS and that both he and his pregnant wife were killed in the raid.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 14 July, Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy head, visited Tripoli to reestablish the EU’s diplomatic presence in Libya. Accompanied by UN Envoy Ghassan Salame, Mogherini met with Government of National Accord (GNA) head Fayez al-Serraj and Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Taher Siala. In a statement, Mogherini restated the EU’s support for the UN initiative for elections and discussed with Serraj ways to secure Libya’s land borders and train its coast guard.

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of EyeOnISISinLibya.com and researcher of World History at Cambridge University

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