Gunmen attack church in
Libya : state media Benghazi
(Reuters) - Gunmen attacked an Egyptian Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of
assaulting two priests, the official LANA news agency quoted the foreign
ministry as saying on Sunday. Benghazi
The foreign ministry said it "strongly condemned Thursday's attack on the Egyptian church ... and the aggression towards Father Paul Isaac and his assistant by the irresponsible armed men," LANA quoted a foreign ministry statement as saying.
It did not elaborate on the attacks but said an inquiry committee involving the interior, defense and justice ministries had been formed and had "taken the necessary measures to secure the church and its occupants".
It expressed "deep concern" over the attack, saying it was "contrary to the rules" of Islam and international human rights laws.
In December, an explosion at a building belonging to a Coptic church in Dafniya, close to the western city of Misrata, killed two Egyptian men and wounded two others.
Last month, four foreigners were arrested in
on suspicion of being Christian missionaries and printing books about
Hussein Bin Hmeid, a spokesman for the government-affiliated security apparatus called the Preventative Security which made the arrests, said the missionaries had since been transferred to
He said the four - an Egyptian, a South African, a Korean and a Swede who was travelling on a
passport - were now in the hands of the Interior Ministry and had been visited
by representatives from their countries. U.S.
(Reporting by Ali Shuaib; additional reporting by Ghaith Shennib in Benghazi; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Jason Webb)
Islamist Militia Behind
Attack Makes a Comeback, Obama Golfs Benghazi
When Obama said that he was going to get the folks who did this, he apparently meant jailing the filmmaker who made a Mohammed movie, not the Muslim killers of four Americans. With that job done, he went on yet another golfing vacation.
the Islamist militia behind
the attack is taking power in the city once again. Benghazi
After the attack on the
diplomatic mission last fall that left the U.S.
ambassador and three other Americans dead, the Islamist militia widely accused
of leading the assault all but disappeared amid a popular backlash. U.S.
But Ansar al-Sharia is edging back into society, and many of
’s residents now say they
want it here. Benghazi
The militia tentatively resumed its role as guardian of
two main hospitals last week. Its fighters have staked out positions at the
western entrance to the city. They have also moved back onto their base, and
residents say the group has been participating in community cleanup and charity
“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” said Jalal al-Gallal, a prominent political activist in the city and a former member of
transitional government. Ansar al-Sharia has some “hard-liners,” he said, “but
they do actually carry out a lot of good work, whether we like it or not.” Libya
Oh and Obama’s Islamist rebel Libyan government is up to its ears in this.
“The people attacked Ansar al-Sharia a few months ago because they were angry. But now they’re asking them to come back because there is no police and no real military,” said Essam al-Zubeir, a government spokesman in
Rafallah al-Sahati has recoiled, too.In September, the group’s commanders bragged about the militia’s role on the rescue team that assisted the American evacuation from the mission on the night of the attack. But the group largely disappeared from the public eye in the months since.
The group recently resumed command of checkpoints on the city’s perimeter, but it has changed its name to “Libyan Shield 3” because it now falls under the command of the Defense Ministry.
So one of the Islamist militias behind the
attack operates under the Libyan defense ministry and will be a beneficiary of Benghazi
aid and possibly even military training. US
But at least the guy who made the Mohammed movie is in jail.
About Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the
, is a Freedom
Center writer focusing on radical Islam. He is
completing a book on the international challenges New
faces in the 21st century. America