Libya: Ansar Al Sharia, security relies on Islamic law

Group believed to be responsible for killing of US ambassador

13 November, 11:35

    Explosion outside Benghazi courthouse (archive) Explosion outside Benghazi courthouse (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI - Security in Libya depends on the implementation of Islamic law Sharia, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Jihadist group Ansar Al Sharia.

    The group in Libya is believed to be responsible for the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and another three US officials died.

    The Salafite militants also said it did not recognize state institutions, including security services, accusing them of apostasy and of being evil forces serving tyrants. Sharia is hailed as the only legitimate law in the country.

    The group of 'partisans of Islamic law' was created in eastern Libya during the 2011 uprising which ousted Muammar Gaddafi. The statement was released after the visit Monday of Premier Ali Zeidan to Benghazi to discuss security with special forces chief Wanis Bu Khamada.

    The Cyrenaica region over the past few months has been at the centre of clashes, attacks and political homicides almost on a daily basis. (ANSAmed)

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