#AceNewsServices – OTTAWA – October 24 – Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman behind Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, had applied to renew his Libyan passport but was denied, CBC News has learned.
Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday before attacking Parliament Hill.
Zehaf-Bibeau, whose father is Libyan, applied for the passport renewal on Oct. 2 and was refused the same day, the CBC’s Evan Dyer reported. The chargé d’affaires at the Libyan Embassy in Ottawa told CBC News he presented a B.C. driver’s licence with a Vancouver address. He did not present a Canadian passport.
Zehaf-Bibeau had received a Libyan passport in 2000 and then travelled to the country in 2007. That document had expired, and Zehaf-Bibeau told officials that he wanted a new passport so he could visit family and friends in Libya.
The Libyan official said Zehaf-Bibeau was polite but that his demeanour seemed off. They were also concerned that his photos didn’t seem to match his appearance, or the photos of him in his Libyan documents.
Officials also questioned why Zehaf-Bibeau’s old Libyan passport gave his first name as Abdul but his driver’s licence listed him as Michael.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 17 – At least 14 people were killed in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, after fighting erupted between armed youths and Islamist militias, Reuters said, citing medics.
Seven people were also wounded on a third day of heavy clashes.
Pro-government forces supported by youths are continuing to battle the Islamists in the port city.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 02 – Seven Libyan soldiers have been killed and 50 wounded in a double suicide bombing and clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, Reuters said, citing an army commander.
Three soldiers were killed when two cars loaded with explosives drove into an army checkpoint near Benghazi airport, according to Wanis Bukhamada, commander of army special forces in Benghazi.
Four soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist militants in the same area.
#AceNewsServices – September 19 – An Egyptian man, Adel Abdul Bary, said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Reuters reported.
Bary, 54, said in court he would plead guilty to making a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans.
The plea comes two months before he was set to face trial in a federal court alongside two co-defendants, Libyan Anas al-Liby and Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz.
The bombings killed 224 people. Bary and Fawwaz helped disseminate statements of responsibility for the group, according to an earlier criminal indictment.
#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – A boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near the capital, Tripoli, drowning dozens, according to a spokesman of Libya’s coast guard.
Qassim Ayoub said that Libyan coast guards were retrieving dozens of bodies still floating 18 kilometres off the coast in the Tajoura district, AP reported.
Thirty-six African migrants, including three women – one of them pregnant – were rescued Monday.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 21 – Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport cancelled all flights to Libya on Thursday, Reuters said.
Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation, while Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights to and from the neighbouring country for security reasons, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
The Libyan government said on Monday that unidentified war planes had attacked the positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction.
#AceWorldNews – BENGHAZI – June 02 – The death toll in heavy fighting between the Libyan army and Islamist militants in the eastern Benghazi city has risen to 18, Reuters reported, citing comments from hospital doctors on Monday.
Around 30 people were wounded during clashes that started at dawn and were still raging through parts of the port city by midday.
The Ansar al-Sharia militant group attacked an army camp, triggering fighting in several parts of the port city, according to witnesses.
Forces of a renegade general fighting Islamists later joined the battle, using combat helicopters.
#AceWorldNews – RIYADH – May 19 – Saudi Arabia closed its embassy and consulate in the Libyan capital and withdrew its entire diplomatic staff on Monday, Reuters said.
“All the diplomatic staff have left the Libyan capital on board a private plane due to the security situation through which Libya is passing,” ambassador Mohammed Mahmoud al-Ali said in a statement.
#AceNewsServices – BENGHAZI – LIBYA – May 02 – (Reuters) – Nine Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when Islamist fighters tried to storm the Benghazi city security headquarters in an attack authorities blamed on the militant group Ansar al-Sharia.
Libya’s weak central government is struggling to control armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who helped oust long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 civil war and now refuse to disarm.
The dead were soldiers of a special forces unit, the Tripoli government said, for the first time openly blaming Ansar al-Sharia, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States.
“Armed brigades, including those called Ansar al-Sharia and other criminal groups, attacked the security headquarters in Benghazi with light and heavy weapons ” a government statement said.
Special forces have often clashed with the heavily-armed militant group in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, but the government with its nascent army had been reluctant to name it publicly for fear of provoking tensions.
Huge explosions could be heard during a fire-fight in the early morning that lasted more than an hour. Special forces later secured the headquarters, near the city centre.
Helicopters and war planes were flying over Benghazi in the afternoon.
Occasional gunfire and smaller explosions could still be heard during the day. As many as 15 more troops were also injured in the attack.
The bodies of two soldiers, kidnapped by militants during the attack, were found later bearing signs of torture, a medical source said.
Reuters – Libya News
#AceWorldNews – April 18 – MOSCOW – Moscow has urged the Libyan authorities to facilitate the release of kidnapped foreign diplomats.
The government should do its best to find the diplomats as soon as possible and free them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The authorities should also punish those responsible for the kidnapping and take measures to defend diplomatic missions in Libya, the statement said. Laaroussi Kontassi, an adviser at the Tunisia’s embassy in Tripoli, disappeared Thursday morning in “unclear circumstances,” days after gunmen kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador.
#AceWorldNews – BENGHAZI – April 06 – (Reuters) – Public and private sector staff including oil workers went on strike in the Libyan port city of Benghazi on Sunday, protesting against worsening security and demanding the resignation of parliament whose mandate has expired.
Traffic at Benghazi’s international airport was halted by the strike. As a result, a Turkish Airlines plane was turned away, according to state media.
Oil companies, universities and schools also closed, heeding a call by political groups for a day of “civil disobedience” to demand better security, witnesses said.
Government forces have failed to improve security in the port city where car bombs and killings of police and army officers have become part of daily life.
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – March 28 – Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi has apologized to the Libyan people.
The Libyan television aired footage of Saadi asking for forgiveness for “chaos and instability” in the country.
Representatives of the prison authorities say the reason was broadcast in response to rumours that Saadi had been tortured, Lebanese agency Daily Star reported.
“I am being treated well,” Gaddafi’s son said. “I ask the Libyans for forgiveness for the harm inflicted upon them.”
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 26 – Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the Syrian crisis and the situation around Ukraine at an Arab-League Summit in Kuwait, Foreign Ministry sources reported on Wednesday – Tass
“An address of Russian President Vladimir Putin was conveyed to the participants of the Arab League summit,” the ministry said.
Bogdanov met on the sidelines of the summit with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, Arab League’s Secretary General Nabil Elaraby, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Libyan Foreign Minister Muhammad Abdelaziz, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdallah al-Qirbi, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, UN Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and opposition Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmed Jarba.
They discussed “issues on the agenda of the Arab League summit with an emphasis on a need for an early political settlement of the Syrian crisis and a just settlement of the Palestinian problem in line with principles of international law and the UN Charter, as well as certain issues concerning bilateral relations,” the ministry said.
Russian News and Media Sources
#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – 22 March – Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Saturday, according to Tunisia’s foreign minister.
This is the latest in a long list of diplomatic abductions in the country; in January, a South Korean diplomat was kidnapped as he was leaving his office in Tripoli.
Five Egyptian diplomats were also briefly abducted.
Three years after the revolt against former leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is struggling to impose security as a melee of former rebels, Islamist militants, and ex-fighters refuse to disarm.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA – 22 March – An oil tanker which was captured by US special forces, after it loaded crude from a port controlled by Libyan rebels, has been handed back to Libyan authorities, according the Libyan state news agency LANA.
US commandos seized the Morning Glory tanker on Sunday off Cyprus after it left Es Sider port in central Libya. The rebels who control the port want more autonomy and oil wealth from the central government in Tripoli.
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#AceBreakingNews – March 21 -Libyan authorities decided to close the international airport in Tripoli after a mortar attack. The Libyan news agency LANA reported two rockets landed and exploded on the runway.
It’s not clear how strong the damage has been. However, none of the employees of the airport was injured.
“We suspended the air service and cancelled departures for safety reasons”, said the representative of the Airport.
“We hope that in a few hours the situation stabilizes”, he added.
So far, none of the rebel group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
After winning the so-called revolution on February 17 and end the civil war that led to the overthrow and murder of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s new government, despite all attempts, still cannot restore order in the country.
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#AceWorldNews A car bomb explosion killed at least eight people in Benghazi, Libya on Monday and wounded more than a dozen others, security officials told Reuters.
The blast, which targeted a military academy, is the latest evidence of the Libyan government’s struggle to contain armed militias who refuse to lay down their weapons years after rebelling against Muammar Gaddafi.
The first bomb went off just outside the gates of the military school where a class was celebrating its graduation then, hours later, a second explosion went off near the state oil firm Brega Petroleum Marketing Co.
The government deemed the event a “terrorist act,” though no group has yet claimed responsibility.
#AceWorldNews A car bomb outside a military base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has killed five soldiers and wounded another 14 people, according to Libyan security officials, AP reports.
The bomb went off outside the base just after an inauguration ceremony for new officers. Benghazi was the birthplace of the 2011 uprising to oust former leader Muammar Gaddafi and has seen a sharp rise in the number of attacks targeting the military and the police.
The central government in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, has proved ineffectual in controlling unruly militias, which have de facto control of many areas of the country.
#AceWorldNews US Navy SEALs took control of the oil tanker ‘Morning Glory’, which had earlier been seized by three gunmen at a Libyan port, the US Department of Defence said.
The vessel was carrying up to 200,000 barrels of oil, which the Libyan militants presumably wanted to sell at the black market.
The tanker was boarded by the SEALs late Sunday night in international waters south-west of Cyprus.
No one is reported hurt in the operation, which was requested by the Libyan and Cypriot governments and approved by US President Barack Obama.
The vessel is now heading back to Libya, where crucial oil facilities and ports have been under control of anti-government forces.