By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 27 July 2016:
Demonstrators in Murzuk and nearby villages have been protesting the murder of two passport officials in the town.
The victims, Civil Registry manager Ahmed Ali Al-Salheen and local National ID officer Mousa Umran Al-Thomi were seized from their office and their bodies later discovered together 15 kilometres outside the town on the Sebha road.
Following the killings, all government offices in Murzuk were closed.
A Murzuk resident speaking to the Libya Herald on condition of anonymity said that both the men, who were Arabs, were suspected of being involved in the fraudulent issue of ID cards and passports. He added “ If that was why they were killed then they paid a high price for their actions”.
The Murzuq civil registry began issuing the new biometric passports 18 months ago, but the main systems are in Sebha. This has meant long delays in the town for people wanting to obtain the new travel document. This has in turn caused considerable local resentment.
There is no clear idea of who carried out these murders.