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LNA Pledges Action against Chadian Groups in Southern Libya

LNA Pledges Action against Chadian Groups in Southern Libya

Saturday, 29 December, 2018 - 08:45
Spokesman for the Libyan National Army Brigadier General Ahmad al-Mesmari. Asharq Al-Awsat Archive.
Cairo - Khalid Mahmoud
Spokesman for the Libyan National Army Brigadier General Ahmad al-Mesmari has affirmed that the LNA will confront terrorism in any city, considering that the latest military operations in southern Libya’s Sadada aim to eradicate terrorism and impose security.

In a press conference in Benghazi on Thursday, Mesmari urged the local media not to publish any information on the army’s operations.

He considered an attack carried out Thursday by Chadian armed groups on the 10th Brigade near Traghen to be a response to the victory achieved by the army in Sadada.

He reiterated accusations against Turkey of jeopardizing the security and stability of Libya. 

The Chadian armed group killed one LNA fighter and wounded 12 others in the attack, the LNA said.

Further, the Presidential Council of Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord decried the offensive conducted by mercenaries. In its statement on Thursday, the council said the attack targets the country’s stability and security, and is also a violation of sovereignty.

This compels answering repeated calls for uniting the army and for making south Libya a starting point to counter terrorists and mercenaries, it said.

As for the Tobruk-based Libyan parliament, it said the attack reflects the mercenaries' continuous breach of Libyan territories.

In its statement on Thursday, the parliament called for unity against armed gangs and terrorist groups.

On another level, the Libyan Ministry of Justice revealed that head of Sabha Court Judge Abo Bakr Saleh was kidnapped and tortured for three hours by anonymous men.

The ministry called on security authorities to protect judicial members, arrest criminals, refer them to the public prosecution and bring perpetrators to justice.

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