Libya: Haftar soldier beheaded. Car bombs explode in Tripoli

Italian hostage Vallisa released after 4 months captivity in Libya

13 November, 20:16

    Workers clean outside the damaged building of the UAE embassy that was targeted by car bomb  explosion, in Tripoli. Workers clean outside the damaged building of the UAE embassy that was targeted by car bomb explosion, in Tripoli.

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO/ROME - A young man captured while fighting under former general Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya has been decapitated, reports The Times website. For the first time the local Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate, Ansar Al-Sharia, has posted a video online of a prisoner's beheading in full 'ISIS style'.

    The soldier, named Ahmed Muftah El-Nazihi, seems terrified as he reads message forced on him by a subfaction of the jihadist group Ansar Al-Sharia. ''I advise those who were with me...to leave these activities and go back to their houses or they will face the same destiny: beheading,'' he says in the video. Hooded men around the volunteer soldier then proceed to execute him and hold up his severed head. 

    The blasts of two car bombs rocked Tripoli Thursday morning. One was located in front of the Egyptian embassy. The other was near the diplomatic representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). No injuries were reported. The Egyptian embassy also endured on October 23 an assault by armed men that escalated into a gunfight with guards. 

    Several car bombs exploded in Eastern Libya yesterday, particularly in Tobruk and Badya, where five soldiers have been killed and 21 civilians have been confirmed injured, according to the Herald Tribune. 

    The spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry on Thursday called terrorist attacks across Libya "vile and criminal acts against the aspirations of the Libyan people". The car bomb explosion at the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli on Thursday "violates international rights and undermines historic relations between the two peoples," Badr Abdel Atti told the Egyptian news agency MENA. The foreign ministry official also condemned attacks on Wednesday in the eastern coastal cities of Tobruq and Al Bayda, saying "they target the aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, stability and security". These attacks "put into doubt the importance of appeals for national political dialogue with terrorist groups that refuse to lay down their arms and renounce violence," the ministry official added

    In the meantime. an Italian hostage kidnapped in Libya last July has been released, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday. Marco Vallisa, a 54-year-old technician comes from a town near the northern Italian city of Piacenza.

    Vallisa was in Libya working on a construction site for the Modenese company Piacentini Construzioni when he was kidnapped July 5 in the coastal city of Zuara along with two other colleagues, Petar Matic, a Bosnian, and Emilio Garfuri, from Macedonia. Matic and Garfuri were released two days after their capture.

    The disappearance of the three men was immediately believed to be a kidnapping, partly because the auto they were travelling in was found with the keys in the ignition. The kidnappers may have acted for ransom. The hypothesis of a politically motivated kidnapping was rendered less realistic as the incident took place away from Cyrenaica, where jihadist rebels, at war with Tripoli, are concentrated.

    "I express my deep satisfaction for the release of Marco Vallisa," said Gentiloni.
    "I want to warmly thank all those who have worked for the happy ending of this affair. This outcome is fruit of teamwork between the foreign ministry's Crisis Unit, our intelligence services and the Italian embassy in Tripoli. I want to express my deepest appreciation for the dedication and professionalism and for the effective and patient action. A special thanks goes to the Vallisa family for their confidence in the work of our institutions". The Italian foreign minister also said on Thursday that Italy ''complies with and has always complied with international regulations'' on the issue of its nationals taken hostage abroad.
    Gentiloni was responding to a question on alleged ransom paid for the release in Libya of Marco Vallisa. 

    There are still five Italians kidnapped abroad: Vanessa Marullo and Greta Ramelli, members of a cooperative who were seized in Syria July 31; the Venetian technician Gianluca Salviato, kidnapped in Libya on March 22; the Jesuit priest from Rome Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, taken at the end of July 2013 in Syria; and Giovanni Lo Porto, a member of a cooperation and a native of Palermo, who disappeared January 19, 2012, between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (ANSAmed).

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