By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 12 December 2015:
A large part of the administrative block at Zawia University has been burnt down today in . . .[restrict]an attack by armed gunmen.
The attack gutted of a number of offices, including those of the president, the senior administrator and the finance and records departments.
Some reports say that the arson attack was mounted by individuals who had threatened to torch the university if they were not hired.
Blockades, particularly of oil facilities around the country by those demanding work have not been unusual. Zawia itself has seen its refinery besieged several times by locals who stopped workers and trucks moving in and out. However generally the blockades have been peaceful.
The town’s university, however, is not a stranger to violence. Buildings were hit by rocket fire earlier this year.
This May gunmen shot dead a student in front of his classmates. The young man, Malik Ibrahim Zagruba, was the son on a prominent opponent of Libya Dawn.
There have also been student protests. In March, the university was closed for a week, following demonstrations by students. Administrators explained that the shut-down was on the grounds of security.