By Mustafa Khalifa.
Ghat, 12 July 2015:
A Syrian man is said to have been killed by angry residents of the small town . . .[restrict]of Ghaddwah, some 70 kilometres south of Sebha, after he allegedly murdered a local man and tortured the man’s wife.
According to Yahya Shuwail, the head of investigations at Sebha’s Gardah police station, militiamen headed by the Syrian man broke into the family home of Ismail Taher Abdullah after sunset prayers yesterday and tied him and his wife up. They then killed Abdullah and tortured his wife in front of their children before running off. However, the group were chased by locals who caught and killed the Syrian before the police arrived.
The motive for the crime is thought to be robbery.
In a separate incident yesterday, a man was knifed to death at a checkpoint between Sebha and Brak following a quarrel with guards. The dead man, named as 33-year-old Mohammed Ahmed Abbas, was reportedly stabbed five times. The man he was arguing with was also seriously injured and taken to Sabha Medical Centre in a critical condition.
The number of killings in and around Sebha continues to rise. Two more people were killed today bringing the total number of murders since the start of Ramadan to 34. Almost all are the result of violent crime although this sometimes turns into inter-communal clashes as one group takes vengeance on another following a crime. Last week, as many as six people were killed and eight wounded in an inter-communal quarrel in the town following the killing of a Qaddadfa man, allegedly by a gang of young Tebus during an attempted car theft. In a revenge attack, at least two Tebus, possibly four, and a Qaddadfa man were killed in a gun battle in the town. [/restrict]