Libyan security arrests IS militant planning terrorist operations

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-14 10:11:46|Editor: mingmei
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TRIPOLI, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Interior Ministry of the UN-backed Libyan government on Saturday said it arrested an Islamic State (IS) militant planning terrorist operations in the capital Tripoli.

"Anti-Terrorism and Organized Crime Team of the Special Deterrence Force managed to arrest 27-year-old IS terrorist Anas Ebrek al-Mabruk Al-Zuki, also known as Abu-Abdullah Al-Darnawi," the ministry said in a statement.

Tripoli is witnessing violent clashes between the government forces and the eastern-based army, which is trying to take over Tripoli.

The fighting killed and injured hundreds of people, and forced thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

Also on Saturday, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj denied the army's accusations of involvement of terrorists in the government's fight against the army.

The army, led by Khalifa Haftar, is allied with the eastern-based government. The politically divided country has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos, ever since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.