Libyan Police Exchange Fire with Criminal Gang

Police Exchange Fire with Criminal Gang in South Libya
Police Exchange Fire with Criminal Gang in South Libya

On Tuesday, outlaws in the municipality of Qurayyat, 340 kilometers south of the capital, Tripoli, exchanged fire with Libyan law enforcement forces.

The Libyan Attorney’s General Office stated that judicial officers, police, and the 444th Special Forces Brigade were able to arrest the criminals.

The statement added that “weapons, ammunition, and vehicles used by the wanted persons in resisting the law enforcement forces were seized.”

The security operation came on the orders of Libyan Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, “in order to apprehend the perpetrators of the crimes,” the statement concluded.

Last month, the Benghazi Security Directorate stated that the Joint Military Security Committee (JMSC) raided several “dens of corruption” in the Al-Majouri neighbourhood.

The Committee consists of the Libyan National Army (LNA), and police personnel. This came about two weeks after a similar campaign targeted two other neighbourhoods in the city. The directorate published pictures showing the raids, and arrests.

According to Al-Wasat newspaper, eyewitnesses reported that lengthy firefights took place during the raid.

Notably, Libyan ground forces of the Tripoli-based Government of National Unity (GNU) will conduct its ‘Desert Lion 2023’ military exercises, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

Chief of Staff of the GNU, Mohamed Al-Haddad visited the headquarters of the General Staff of the Land Forces to inspect the final preparations for the exercise.

Al-Haddad said that he was briefed on the “tactical field training plans, and the preparation of tanks and all mechanisms.”

“The exercise aims to highlight the infantry brigades and artillery regiment, in support of the strength of the military institution,” Al-Haddad said.

He added that the exercise “aims to raise the skills and qualify officers and personnel on the optimal ways of using weapons and military equipment, and carrying out various combat missions.”