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Libya: Westerners urged to leave Benghazi NOW, for fear of attacks

 
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Libya: Westerners urged to leave Benghazi NOW, for fear of attacks
A “specific threat to Westerners” in Benghazi, Libya, has prompted Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands to urge their citizens to leave immediately. The UK Independent cited a threat from “terror groups operating in North Africa,” specifically Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a group linked to last week’s hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in which 37 Westerners were killed.

The paper cited defense sources as naming Ansar Al-Sharia, targeted by Libyans for retribution after US ambassador Chris Stevens was killed during protests on Sept. 11 last year. According to Agence France-Presse, the Foreign Office statement said:

“We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately. We cannot comment further on the nature of the threat at this time.”

[link to www.salon.com]

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Re: Libya: Westerners urged to leave Benghazi NOW, for fear of attacks
'Leave immediately': Britons told to get out of Benghazi after threat from al-Qa’ida

The Government has urged British nationals to leave Libya's second city, Benghazi, in response to a "specific threat to Westerners" from terror groups operating in North Africa.

Defence sources confirmed the warning is linked to the activities of al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim). An offshoot of Aqim was responsible for last week's hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in which 37 Westerners were killed, along with 29 Islamists.

The Foreign Office refused to go into details but the threat could be connected to one of Aqim's Libyan splinter groups, Ansar al-Sharia, whose members were chased out of Benghazi by protesters after the killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens on 11 September last year.

[link to www.independent.co.uk]

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