Libya: released Tripoli mayor 'held by militias'

Car bomb in Ajdabiya in Cyrenaica, 8 dead. 'ISIS responsible'

30 March, 15:51

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, MARCH 30 - The office for security coordination in Tripoli, Libya, Friday said on its Facebook page that the city's mayor, Abdulrauf Beitelmal, ''has been released''. It also stressed that the mayor had been held by ''illegal militia''.

    The alarm was raised yesterday by the municipal council of the Libyan capital and some sources had suggested that the abductors could belong to a group of the interior ministry.

    Other sources instead claimed that the mayor had been arrested on corruption charges. Beitelmal had assumed a national role when, over the past few days, he had taken to Tripoli mayors from across Libya, including those from the east under the control of general Khalifa Haftar, presenting himself as a man of dialogue.

    Meanwhile last night a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the Libyan city of Ajdabiya, in Cyrenaica, a high-level military source told a Libyan news agency. The source added that the attack killed eight and wounded 10 and was allegedly carried out by ISIS.

    Al Wasat instead reported that five people died and three others were wounded. A security source in Ajdabiya told the website that a suspect was detained in connection with the attack and handed over to the local agency for the fight against terrorism. (ANSAmed)
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