By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 9 July 2017:
The head of the national security directorate in Gharyan, 80 kilometres south of Tripoli, was murdered last night by unknown gunmen in front of his house. Colonel Abdulrazzaq Sadiq Omaish, who was in effect the town’s police chief, died instantly.
He was returning home when the killers, who had been waiting for him, struck. One witness was reported saying the gunmen pulled up in a black Mitsubishi, showered the colonel with bullets and then fled the scene.
Although outwardly peaceful, Gharyan is deeply divided between Islamists, pragamatists who are prepared to work with the Presidency Council, and a small, silent group that backs Khalifa Hafter and the Libyan National Army.
The Islamists, which include Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room spokesman Adel Gharyani and his now-named 4th Force militia (previously part of Libya Shield) and the forces under military council leader Abdulsalam Thebit, are powerful. But they are not popular. The pragmatists, on the other hand, are popular but not powerful, at least in terms of guns. They include the municipal council, many local elders and civil society activists and, until last night, Omaish.
Although the killers are unknown, suspicion has fallen on the Islamists.