Captured terror suspect turns out to be one of LNA’s most wanted men

By Libya Herald reporters.

Ansar Al-Sharia commander Mustafa Al-Sohaibi when first questioned (Photo: social media)

Suspected Ansar Al-Sharia commander Mustafa Al-Sohaibi when first questioned (Photo: social media)

Benghazi, 11 January 2017:

The Libyan National Army has discovered that a suspect arrested near Jalu two days ago is one of their most wanted men.

When he was detained, it was not realised that Mustafa Al-Sohaibi was in fact Abu Alzubir Al-Ansari, the Ansar Al-Sharia commander who had held Benghazi’s Gwarsha Gate until the LNA wrested it from terrorist control last November.

When he was first questioned Sohabi had explained that the two women and four children, including a baby, who were with him were not members of his family but that he was taking them to safety.

Major Ben Barka Majbri of the LNA’s Office of Military Affairs explained that Sohaibi’s vehicle had run out of fuel south of Ajdabiya. He had set off on foot to find a taxi when he was stopped and detained. It is unclear whether the women and children were walking with him.

When he was searched he was found to have LD 60,000 as well as foreign currency including Turkish lira, euros and US dollars. In addition, he llegedly he had an Ansar Al-Sharia seal and terrorist literature.

It is understood that Sohaibi was only identified as a terrorist commander when his picture was put out on social media.

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