Eye On Jihadis in Libya Weekly Update: March 13

On 11 March, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesperson announced that the Sirte Operations Room had killed three IS leaders fleeing Derna. The spokesperson added that IS elements were reported to be moving in the areas south of Sirte, Bani Walid, and Sidra. 
On 8 March, a suicide vehicle borne improved explosive device (SVBIED) attacked a checkpoint south east of Ajdabiya controlled by the LNA’s 152 infantry brigade. Two Sudanese civilians and one LNA fighter were reportedly wounded. On 10 March, IS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Other Jihadi Actors

On 11 March, it was reported that Saudi Arabia had handed over to the Libyan National Army (LNA) two alleged al-Qaeda members accused of abducting five Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli in 2014. The two suspects, Mahmoud bin Rajab and Muhammad al-Khadraoui, were arrested in June 2017 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The LNA has said they will be investigated and put on trial.

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