By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 8 March 2014:
Five members of a group suspected of being behind a number of assassinations in Sirte have . . .[restrict]been arrested, according to sources in the town.
They are alleged to have been involved in the killing a week ago of Makhlouf Ben Nasser Al-Ferjani who headed Sirte Military Council who was killed a week ago as well as of the Deputy Minister of Industry, Hassan Al-Daroue, murdered in January, and Colonel Ramadan Al-Tarooq, who worked at the local passports office. He was killed in December.
The five were caught by members of the army’s infantry battalion No. 136 on Thursday but it was only yesterday that the news was announced.
They are alleged to be Qaddafi supporters, four of them allegedly being members of the Qadhadhfa tribe and the fifth a Tawerghan who had been living in Sirte since its population was forced to flee at the end of the revolution.
It is claimed that found with them was an execution list of 40 supporters of the revolution in Sirte.
When Al-Daroue, himself from Sirte, was shot dead in January, it was claimed that former regime sympathisers were involved but no evidence was produced at the time.
The five are said to have confessed to the killings during interrogation by the local Criminal Investigation Department. It intends to hand them over to the Public prosecutor.
Sirte is reckoned to be the third most dangerous place in the country, after Benghazi and Derna. [/restrict]