Libyan troops, assisted by youth who support Operation Dignity, recently arrested a Syrian member of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.
In an episode aired Thursday evening (December 4th), al-Karama TV showed an official investigation with Ahmed al-Khaled, who has been living in Libya for 14 years. He admitted to taking part in 20 murders, stealing or blowing up 36 vehicles, and robbing or vandalising 11 stores.
He also disclosed how he and seven ISIS members had launched terrorist operations in Derna.
Al-Khaled said that the victims of his ISIS group included rights activists, two judges – Mohamed Khalifa al-Naas and Mohamed Najib Ahwidi – a lawyer, and a Facebook blogger.
At the end of his confessions, al-Khaled asked for forgiveness, saying he was deceived by Daesh in the name of religion. He advised his colleagues to surrender to the Libyan army under General Haftar’s leadership.
Arrests of ISIS leaders in Benghazi by the army and young Operation Dignity supporters continue in areas that have not yet been secured, including al-Laithi, al-Sabri and Souk al-Hut.
The Libyan army’s bombardment of terrorist strongholds intensified in the three areas on Friday evening and continued into the first hours of Saturday morning. Several were killed from the two sides, but no details were released about casualties.
Tanks were deployed to several areas, and the army targeted terrorist strongholds in al-Sabri with heavy artillery.
“I swear by God that they deserve that,” commented 28-year-old electrician Mahmoud al-Jarim. “They have sold off the nation; they’re like Boukhtala, Abu Anas and other Kharijites.”
For his part, lawyer Mourad al-Nuwaisri said that “Those who deserve to live are killed by those who don’t deserve to live.”
“The deteriorating internal condition, escape overseas, infiltration of terrorism, and the spread of forces of strife and terror here and there taking advantage of the weakness of the state is the result of mistakes, misjudgement, collusion and indifference,” remarked 48-year-old teacher Salem Madi.
Meanwhile, Jabr al-Obeidi, an employee, predicted that the crisis would end soon.
“Our rejection of their crimes was the first step that we took to get rid of them, and we’re now about to take the second step to expel them once and for all,” he said.
Article by Nadia Radhwan, Magharebia.
This article was originally published here.