By Libya Herald reporter.
Benghazi, 23 July 2017:
The Libyan National Army (LNA) information office says that a number of its soldiers fighting against militants in Benghazi were in fact collaborators, passing intelligence and even ammunition to the other side.
It discovered this, it says, during the interrogation of one of the militants named Randa al-Maghribi, also known as Randa Al-Abed, who was arrested some months ago in Ajdabiya. He revealed that there had been a significant group of collaborators within the LNA forces in Benghazi.
Some 70 former LNA fighters have been arrested as a result.
These include one named by the information office as Mohamed Jadwalah. It says that under interrogation, he admitted that it was he who gave the Kish square coordinates to the militants in Suq Al-Hout enabling them shell the city’s Kish Square during demonstrations in October 2015. Nine people were killed in the incident.
Jadwalah allegedly also admitted to masterminding the bombing of the military training facility in Benghazi in March 2014 in which 11 trainee soldiers were reported to have been killed.
Jadwalah is further said to have admitted to having taken a young women with a bag of explosives to the Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC). No date was given for the incident but there have been several, two last December.
Although he fought with the army in Benina and was among those who besieged Sabri, the LNA says that throughout the whole period Jadwalah was also supplying militias with ammunition as well as reporting LNA movements.
All the arrests took place before Ramadan. The BMC would-be bomber, named as Amal Alfitouri, has also been arrested.
Further details about the collaboratos and their activities would be published shortly, the LNA said.
Meanwhile, it has also been disclosed that as a result of interrogating another captured militant, the body of a pilot who disappeared three years ago was recovered by the Red Crescent on Saturday.
The militant, who has not been named, showed army officers the place where Air Colonel Mohamed Al-Orifi had been buried near the shore at Sabri.