By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 15 September 2014:
A prominent Benghazi psychiatrist was stabbed during a kidnapping attempt yesterday evening.
Dr Ali Ruwai, who . . .[restrict]heads the psychiatric hospital in Kuwaifiya, was attacked by unknown assailants who tried to seize him and force him to go with them. When he resisted, he was stabbed by the men who then fled the scene. The US-trained doctor was taken to Benghazi Medical Centre for treatment. According to the BMC, his injuries were not life threatening and he is reported to be in good condition.
It is not known if the wanted to kidnap him for ransom or were politically motivated. With the increase in lawlessness in the country and the lack of any kind of judicial ramifications, kidnappings for financial gain are on the rise.
The previous day there was another attack involving a doctor, this time fatal, the circumstances of which are also a mystery.
Dr Muftah Al-Arifi, who had qualified last year, was shot near Dubai Street by a unknown gunman and was pronounced dead on arrival at the BMC. According to a hospital spokesperson, he had six bullets in his body.
He was working as an intern at the Ahless Hospital in Fuwayhat. There are reports that the hospital has been treating Ansar Al-Sharia militiamen, but this is unconfirmed and may be wholly unconnected. Abdurrahman Ahless, the son of the founder of the hospital, Salim Ahless, was reportedly killed recently fighting for Ansar. [/restrict]