By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 25 November 2013:
Ajilat, south-west of Sabratha and 80 kilomtres west of Tripoli, is the latest Libyan town . . .[restrict]to follow the lead from the capital and strike over the presence of militias and absence of law and order. The local council launched a general strike yesterday in protest at the lack of security in the town.
Despite the arrival of Libyan army and police reinforcements two days ago, “there is widespread insecurity in Ajilat, with abductions and killings by criminals,” a local media activist who wished to remain anonymous told the Libya Herald. “People are getting fed up.”
Six local residents are reported to have been murdered in recent days, allegedly by members of militias. Four of the dead have been named as Mohammed Abdul Majeed Abdullah, Kamal Hamrouni, Mohammad Omar Alsoiei and Walid al-Tayeb Emhemed.
The strike is initially for three days, the Ajilat resident said, but may well be extended.
All public institutions have closed, including schools, banks, and administrative buildings. Bakeries, foodshops, hospitals and necessary public utilities remain open.
On 17 November, the head of Ajilat military intelligence, Yousef Al-Atrash was shot dead when he was in his office in the town. [/restrict]