The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – The “Islamic Maghreb” cell of al-Qaeda, that the Libyan National Army (LNA) captured on Friday, had obtained financial support from inside Libya, and there were parties that were facilitating its access to weapons and ammunition, security sources confirmed to the Address Journal.
The terrorist cell was idle throughout the past period and began to be active after the killing of the organization’s leader, Abd al-Malik Droukdel, according to our sources.
The cell was planning to carry out operations against oil installations in Libya, and al-Qaeda was preparing for operations during the coming spring in Northern Mali, Chad, and southern Algeria, the sources added.
There is a relationship between Al Qaeda in Libya and the organization in Algeria and northern Mali, the sources said.
The delicate operation against the organization cell in Ubari in southern Libya was in cooperation with multiple intelligence agencies and special forces of Tariq bin Ziyad Brigade, in cooperation with the 116th Battalion of LNA, which had been monitoring the target since entering the Libyan territories through the desert, the sources pointed out.
The captured al-Qaeda cell confirmed that the former leader of the organization, who was killed by the French army, was moving between southern Libya, southern Algeria and northern Mali, and was trying to revive the idle al-Qaeda cells in the Maghreb and sub-Saharan countries.