By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 22 February 2017:
Tripoli’s Rada Special Deterrence Force has arrested a gang accused of armed robbery and car theft in the west Tripoli suburb of Hay Islamiyya. The group also targeted migrant workers and the “vulnerable,” according to a statement on Rada’s social media page.
Rada posted the photos of seven adult males on their Facebook page alongside the accusations. They said they would provide more details about the gang and pictures of the vehicles found at a later date.
Rada has been the only group to clamp down over the past three years on criminality in Tripoli, capturing drugs and alcohol dealers as well as a significant number of those involved in the current wave of kidnapping. Led by Abdul Raouf Kara, based at Mitiga Airport, it has, however, itself been accused of using its power to attack and falsely arrest those who are opposed to it. Strongly influenced by the radical but state-supportive Salafist ideology coming from Saudi Arabia, it is now at the forefront of the power struggle between the Presidency Council which it supports and the more militant Libyan National Guard which backs Khalifa Ghwell.