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A wave of assassinations spreads across Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – A serious wave of assassinations has spread recently across the Libyan capital, which targeted armed leaders from various militias and security officials. It coincided with the start of implementation of the security arrangements plan by the proposed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the UN mission, which aims to establish order and security in Tripoli, via regular forces only.

These frequent assassinations were similar in the manner of their execution, all of which were carried out by firing squad. The last of these was the assassination of the head of the General Directorate for Drug Control branch in Tripoli, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Boushihwa, on Tuesday, by unknown gunmen in the area of Qasr Ben Ghashir in Tripoli suburbs, According to a statement by the General Directorate for Drug Control.

The assassination of Boushihwa came just five days after the abduction of two members of the Special Deterrent Force militia (Rad’a), which controls large parts of Tripoli, and then their assassination by unknown assailants.

In less than a week also, leader of the General Security Service of the GNA’s Ministry of the Interior, Khairi Hanakoura, was shot dead in front of the Al-Mahary Hotel in the center of the city, by unknown gunmen.

In the same context, Mohammed al-Bakbak, one of the leaders of a militia called Tripoli’s Revolutionaries’ Brigade (TRB) died last Tuesday from his wounds after being shot by gunmen.

The Tripoli-based government led by Fayez al-Sarraj remains notably silent about these assassinations. As Tripoli continues to descend into chaos and as GNA continues to hold the capital hostage to its own weakness and powerlessness; such silence and inaction could eventually risk the escalation of these assassinations into violent and deadly clashes between rival militias similar to what occurred a month ago.

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