Al-Qaeda linked terrorists detained by Libyan armed forces near Tripoli

An armed brigade blocking the road in southern Tripoli (Photo: Social Media)

A Libyan armed group has arrested a number of Al-Qaeda-linked leaders in a raid near the capital Tripoli, the group said.

The Misrata Joint Security Force carried out the raid against “wanted terrorists, classified as Al-Qaeda leaders”, the group linked to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord’s interior ministry said on Facebook late Wednesday.

The dawn operation “in a suburb of Tripoli” on Wednesday led to the arrest of individuals “linked to attacks launched in the capital”, it said.

The main target, an Algerian national fighting under the name “Al-Chaoui”, was rounded up along with several wanted Libyans, it added, without giving names or the total number arrested.

The force published a video of the raid, including footage of three people wearing blue uniforms with their hands bound.

It said it had also seized weapons, grenades, ammunition, documents and material used to produce explosives.

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