By Maha Ellawati.
Benghazi, 22 March 2013:
A traffic police vehicle was reported to have been bombed this afternoon, Friday, in Benghazi’s Hawari . . .[restrict]district.
According to police sources, a bomb had been attached to the vehicle. No one was killed in the attack but two traffic police were injured.
The reasons for the attack and the perpetrators are unknown.
Benghazi saw a succession of assassinations and attempted assassinations of prominent security officials in the city over the past year, as well as attacks on courts and buildings belonging to the security forces.
This turnaround is attributed to the fact that the effectiveness of the the police has been improved with the integration of several thousand former revolutionaries into the force and the appointment a month ago of a new city police chief, Ali Mansour Ferjani.
On 7 March, the local council offices were attacked and ransacked by a group of youths demanding payment for supposedly having protected the city during the revolution and a week later on 14 March, the city’s main Coptic church was torched. These two attacks were not, however, viewed as being part of the pervious murder campaign, much of it done by contract killing, although it has been suggested that those who were behind it were also linked to the church attack. [/restrict]