By Maha Sulaiman.
Benghazi, 12 January 2016:
The Counter Crime Agency’s headquarters in Benghazi’s Hadaiq district came under attack early this afternoon as . . .[restrict]gunmen tried to free a man detained there arrested last week.
It is reported that the man’s brother went there earlier and tried to persuade the police to release him. When they refused, it is said that he and a group of gunmen attacked the premises with guns and explosives. No one, however, was hurt in the incident which lasted over an hour. It was finally ended when members of 21 Saiqa brigade and other army units came to the rescue.
There are reports, though, that the gunmen included some members of the army’s 204 tank brigade and that disciplinary proceedings are now taking place.
The reason for the detainee’s arrest in the first place has not been disclosed. The CCA has, however, been much involved in recent weeks in clamping down on drug and weapons dealers. Three days ago, it arrested a group of suspected drug dealers at a café in Kish district.
Meanwhile today, other members of 204 Brigade were involved in clashes with militants in the city’s Belawn district; six missiles are reported to have landed there.
There have also been air raids in Leithi.
Yesterday, according to Fadel Hassi the head of Saiqa’s Investigation Unit, three non-combatants were wounded, one seriously, when a shell exploded in Hadaiq, [/restrict]