Revolutionary militias unify in western Libya
TRIPOLI — Representatives of about 100 militias from western Libya said Monday they had formed a new federation to prevent infighting and allow them to press the country’s new government for further reform.
The move was a blow to the National Transitional Council, which helped lead the eight-month uprising against longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi that ended with his capture and death in October.
The council has struggled for months to stamp its authority on the country, and has largely failed to bring under its control the hundreds of militias that fought in the war.
Ibrahim al-Madani, a commander whose brigade joined the new federation, said the fighters would not give up their arms to what they considered a corrupt government.
“We didn’t turn against Gadhafi but against a corrupt regime,” Mr. al-Madani told reporters. “We will not lay down our weapons until we are assured that the revolution is on the right track.”
The leader of the federation, Col. Mokhtar Fernana, criticized the council panel in charge of integrating revolutionary fighters, accusing it of taking in many men who had fought for Gadhafi. “This committee is an attempt to hijack the revolution,” Col. Fernana said.
Army kills 12 fighters linked to Islamic terrorists
KANO — Nigeria’s army killed 12 suspected fighters from the Boko Haram Islamists during a raid in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the group’s base, a military spokesman said Monday.
Hassan Mohammed of Nigeria’s special Joint Task Force said there was a shootout in the city late Sunday between soldiers and “gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram. In the encounter 12 members of Boko Haram were killed.”
Residents said that raid came in response to a Boko Haram attack against the military in the violence-plagued city.
The Joint Task Force is a special squad established to combat Boko Haram, an extremist group with unclear motives that has killed more than 200 people already this year in Africa’s most populous nation.