By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 13 August 2013:
Members of an Italian police training mission were attacked and robbed early this morning at their . . .[restrict]villa in the Regatta beachside compound in Tripoli’s Siyahiya district.
According to a diplomatic source, the members of the mission, named Cirene, which is training the Libyan police, were forced into one of the villa’s rooms by an armed gang with AK47s. “No one was hurt”, said the source, “but the gunmen stole everything including money, mobile phones, computers and two armoured four-wheel-drive vehicles”.
However, the gunmen had not counted on the fact that the vehicles with equipped with GPS tracking devices. They were traced to Ghariyan. “With the help of the Libyan Army and units from Zintan, two people were apprehended and everything that had been stolen was recovered”, the source said.
“It is not clear if they were common criminals or something else”, he added, “probably the former”. [/restrict]