By Ali Salem.
Tripoli, 27 November 2014:
The restaurant “Al-Farooj” in Hay Andulus district in Tripoli was blown up in the very early . . .[restrict]hours of the morning by unknown assailants.
The explosion followed an apparent scandal, the details of which have been circulated on the internet during the last few days, relating to the actions of one of the staff, from sub-Saharan Africa.
The story started when a group of Africans were supposedly stopped at a Tripoli checkpoint. One of them was then detained for apparently not having a work permit. On inspection his phone was then allegedly found to contain photos and videos of the man urinating and performing other unmentionable acts over food in the Al-Farooj kitchen. These had been posted on the internet and gone viral in Libya.
In a further twist, it is alleged that the man was shot in the leg while trying to escape, following which tests on him showed him to be HIV positive.
It is unclear if the restaurant is part of the UAE-based Al-Farooj chain of food outlets. It uses the same logo – but in Libya that is no guarantee of authenticity.
There are claims that the pictures were fabricated by rivals for revenge on the restaurant’s owners. [/restrict]