Benghazi, 22 October:
Staff at Tokra Police Station arrested a gang on Sunday that has had been trying to make a financial . . .[restrict]killing ahead of Eid by stealing sheep in Benghazi and surrounding areas.
Police station director Mohamed Alagouri said that they had captured the gang in a coordinated ambush. He said those involved had managed to steal more than 100 sheep from the areas of Benghazi, Tokra, Al-Abyar, Marawah, Aweileya, Marj and Batta.
He said that nine members of the gang had been arrested and that investigations were underway to capture the rest of them. The gang leader was a member of the Benghazi SCC, he said, while the other eight arrested were Chadians.
During interrogations the arrested men were said to have admitted their involvement in the theft and that the sheep had been sold on almost immediately. With a sheep costing as much as LD 800 ahead of Eid, that means that the gang could have been earning up to LD 80,000.
Alagouri said there were just six stolen sheep found in their possession at the time of their arrest.
He added that the seven had been transferred to the prosecutor’s office to start legal proceedings against them. [/restrict]