On Sunday, the Libyan National Army (LNA) managed to arrest a terrorist cell in the southern city of Sebha that was planning to commit hostile acts aimed at destabilizing the country.
In a statement, Major General Khaled al-Mahjoub, Director of the Moral Guidance Department of the Libyan Armed Forces, said that the cell members, including the wanted terrorist Ali Bakir, were arrested in a security raid on their quarters which was described as a “pre-emptive strike” against terrorism.
He indicated that other two Egyptian and Pakistani terrorists were also arrested during the operation.
Al-Mahjoub added that the terrorists were preparing to attack civilian gatherings, noting that they were closely related to the mercenary group that was arrested in October 2020.
He confirmed that the main goal is to establish a nucleus for the so-called “Caliphate Army” in the south of the country.
Libya has been in chaos ever since the 2011 overthrow and killing of long-time leader Moamer Gadhafi in a NATO-backed uprising, with warring rival administrations battling for power.
Since the downfall of Gadhafi, Libya also has become a key route for irregular migration from Africa into Europe, across the Mediterranean Sea.