By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 8 October:
The Supreme Security Committee has foiled an attempt by armed assailants to free a group of . . .[restrict]prisoners under its custody, leaving one of the attackers wounded.
The incident occurred yesterday, Sunday, as a group of prisoners was being returned from the Swani prosecution office south of the capital. The assailants opened fire at the SSC vehicle carrying the detainees from a white Hyundai Azera.
The SSC has said that the detained men had been accused of kidnapping a citizen and blackmailing him for money in return for his release. One of the attackers was hit with a bullet in the groin during the attack and was taken to hospital for treatment.
His injury is not said to be life threatening.
None of the SSC personnel, who were from the committee’s Janzour branch, was injured in the incident, although some damage was sustained to the vehicle.
The other attackers managed to escape but the SSC has said that an investigation is now underway and that they know who the men are.