By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 22 December 2013:
Further to yesterday’s attack by gunmen on the Al-Sarir Agriculture Project north of Kufra, which . . .[restrict]saw one manager kidnapped and at least five attackers killed, a revenge attack was carried out in Ajdabiya late last night.
A militia known as the Island Brigade and the Libya Shield No. 2 Brigade, Ajdabiya Branch, headed by Idress Alkudwa, are said to have carried out an attack on Tebu civilians.
Braheem Younis, an oil engineer who is a candidate for the upcoming Constitutional Committee elections and a resident in the town, claimed that the two brigades, accompanied by a large number of Zwai tribe members, started to attack the local Tebu community in revenge for the death of five men killed in Al-Sarir farm attack.
Younis said that the attack started at 1 am in the Western district and the 7th of October neighbourhood. RPG missiles were fired at homes, and at least one Tebu member was killed. He was named as Abubakr Youskoy, aged 22.
Around nine Tebu members were seized, Younis said, and five homes burnt down after they had been ransacked. A number of cars were also said to have been set on fire.
Younis added that the attackers were heavily armed and that they had threatened to kill all Tebus in the town.
Younis said that there are fears that the historical Tebu-Zwai conflict could re-escalate and that there could be a repeat of the 2012 clashes in Kufra which left over 150 people dead. [/restrict]