TRIPOLI, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Interior Ministry of Libya's UN-backed government on Wednesday announced arresting a number of leaders of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli.
"Within the framework the fight against terrorism and pursuit of those wanted locally and internationally, a raid was carried out and arrested internationally wanted terrorists classified as leaders of al-Qaeda, against whom arrest warrants were issued by the Office of Investigations of the Attorney-General," the ministry said in a statement.
"The operation has been carried out on the outskirts of Tripoli after those wanted had recently infiltrated into Tripoli, taking advantage of the deterioration security situation as a result of the war of the capital," the statement said.
Weapons, hand grenades, ammunition, and documents were seized with the arrested terrorists, the statement added.
Since early April, the government has been engaged in deadly war against the eastern-based army over control of the capital.