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Ansar al-Shariah leader captured in Tunisia

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against security forces seeking to arrest Saifallah Benahssine, Sept. 17, 2012. (File photo: Reuters)
Al Arabiya News
U.S. and Libyan forces on Monday captured Saifallah Benahssine, the leader of Tunisia’s Islamist militant group Ansar al-Shariah, Tunisia’s state news agency TAP said, citing a security source.

He was apparently captured in the Libyan city of Misrata.

Having previously fought in Afghanistan, Benahssine, also known as Abu Iyadh, had declared loyalty to al-Qaeda and was accused of inciting an attack on the U.S. embassy in Tunisia a year ago when the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, reported the Associate Press.

Car bombs and assassinations of army and police officers are common in Libya and Benghazi in particular, where troops have clashed regularly with militants from the hardline Ansar al-Shariah.

(Developing story)

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Egyptian Church in Libya attacked for second time

The Egyptian Coptic Church in Benghazi was attacked for the second time by unknown assailants on Thursday. No casualties were reported.

This is the third attack on an Egyptian church in Libya in recent months. A church in Misrata was attacked in December, killing two and injuring dozens.

The Foreign Ministry said it would follow up on the matter with the Libyan authorities, and assured that the church pastor had not been injured in the attack, and was taken to the Egyptian consulate residence.

Ali al-Ashiry, assistant to the foreign minister, had earlier issued a statement regarding a security vacuum that allowed Libyan militant groups to attack churches there with impunity.

Earlier in March, Libyan authorities arrested about 50 Egyptian Copts in the Benghazi on charges of proselytizing and illegally entering the country.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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