By Sami Zaptia.
London, 14 May 2016:
The Rada Special Deterrence Force (SDF), commanded by Abdel Rauf Kara, reported yesterday that it has . . .[restrict]successfully broken up and arrested an entire Tripoli-based IS cell.
Rada reported that the operation followed a period of surveillance and intelligence gathering in the Bu Sleem area of Tripoli.
One of the cell’s main members, Rada spokesman Ahmed Ben Salem said, was a Tunisian national who was an expert in explosives. They confessed that they were planning a number of terror operations including on checkpoints in the capital in order to cause chaos and disrupt the political process, Ben Salem said.
He added that he believed that IS was now paralysed in Tripoli with 90 percent of its cells exposed and arrested.
Rada has been regularly involved in Tripoli operations against IS.
In February this year it claimed to have arrested a Libyan man, and two companions, chosen by IS to be its new ‘’emir’’ of Sabratha named as Mohamed Saad Tajouri, aka Abu Sulaiman. He was were on his way to Sabratha from Sirte after being appointed by the IS leadership.
In the same month Rada arrested and expelled two groups of Tunisians suspected of being IS members. In December it released a video of a confession by an alleged IS member. That month it also reported that it had killed an IS commander. [/restrict]