Has Tripoli become a scene for assassinations in response to the death of “Hankoura”?

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – News of several individual killings of four people belonging to the Special Deterrent Force (Rad’a) in Tripoli circulated among several personal accounts and news platforms on social networking sites in Libya on Wednesday.

The killings were described as “settling scores among the militias” in response to the killing of a leading figure of the Tripoli-based  Interior Ministry and the Central Security Agency, Khairi Hankoura, on Monday, by several shots in front of the gate of the Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel in downtown Tripoli.

This comes in the aftermath of creating the Security Arrangements Committee, which was formed by a decision of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to establish security and stability within the city of Tripoli, to provide protection to citizens, private and public property, and to strengthen the cease-fire and establish order through disciplined and professional police force.

These events also came a few days after the decision of the President of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj, to appoint Fathi Pashaga to head the Ministry of the Interior.

The social media platforms confirmed the deaths of Muhannad Shanfair, Abdul Salam al-Rukeibi, Amran al-Shawash and Abdul Munaim Kawar, whom all shot dead by unknown gunmen.

The official security authorities in Tripoli did not announce the occurrence of such killings, but several platforms published a picture that was said to be of Abdul Salam al-Rukeibi showing his death with several bullets, one of which penetrated his head.


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