The Benghazi Security Directorate stated that the forces of the Joint Military Security Committee (JMC) raided the “dens of corruption” in the Al-Majouri neighborhood, in eastern Libya.
The Committee consists of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the police personnel of the Ministry of Interior in the Libyan Parliament-designated government.
This came about two weeks after a similar campaign targeted two other neighborhoods in Benghazi.
The directorate’s official page on Facebook published pictures showing the raids and the arrests.
According to Al-Wasat newspaper, eyewitnesses reported that the shooting took place while the forces were raiding the hideouts of drug dealers in the Majouri neighborhood.
Earlier this month, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior in the Libyan Parliament-designated government, Faraj Qaim, confirmed the launch of an expanded campaign to collect weapons in the areas controlled by the LNA armed forces.
Qaim explained that this campaign will be launched on the instructions of the Commander-in-Chief of the LNA, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
He added that the expanded campaign will include even the search of homes, and whoever refuses to hand over what is in his possession to the nearest camp or directorate will be referred to the Anti-Terrorism Prosecution.
Qaim stated that after exactly seven days, any dens containing weapons will be raided, in addition to the homes of citizens who did not hand over the weapons in his possession.
The Libyan official pointed out that a committee was formed by the armed forces and the Ministry of Interior, with the help of trained dogs and advanced weapons detection devices.
He stated that anyone who violates this will be subject to legal accountability and referred to the Anti-Terror Prosecution, because the military weapon falls within the scope of the terrorism law, “state security issues.”