By Saber Ayyub,
Tripoli, 28 September 2015:
There has been another attack on one of the two prisons in Ain Zara last night. . . .[restrict]Armed clashes, around midnight, were clearly heard by residents near Ruwaimi jail.
It follows an attack 24 hours earlier, allegedly by Misrata’s Mahjoub Brigade. In that attack, according to a report from Tripoli’s Rada forces, controlled by Abdul Raouf Kara, two Misratans were allegedly captured as they tried to free a Misratan commander held at the prison. A guard was also said to have been injured in the assault.
Other reports, however, claim that the Misratans have been trying to take over a number of prisons in the capital and that the aim on Saturday and last night was not to free any particular individual. Last week, the Misratans are said to have attacked private jails in Ain Zara as well as in Falah district.
Nonetheless, there was a report last week that a Misratan officer, named as Hussein Misrati and said to be a nephew of Colonel Hassan Shaka, the head of the Central Libya Shield unit currently based in Tripoli, had been seized in the city, but the family then denied it.
Meanwhile, following Saturday night’s attack on Ruwaimi prison, the Mahjoub brigade are believed to have contacted prison authorities asking for details of the incident, saying that individuals had acted without orders and that they should be punished. [/restrict]