By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 10 October 2103:
Police arrested a man in Tobruk who had threatened to blow himself up in the town’s . . .[restrict]main square over the kidnapping last Saturday of alleged former Al-Qaeda member of Nazih Al-Ruqaii (aka Abu Anas Al-Libi) by the Americans.
They were called after the man, named as Abu Shaala from Misrata, had been ejected from the King’s Mosque in the town, screaming that Libyans were cowards for not supporting Ruqaii. Anyone who did not do so, he shouted, was not Muslim and should be attacked. Tobruk too should also be attacked because it had not organised demonstrations against the arrest, he berated worshippers at the mosque. He then announced he was going to blow himself up at the square, although he did not appear to have any explosives.
He did have a gun, however, and when police tried to arrest him in the square he started shooting and managed to briefly run off before being captured. [/restrict]