Jail holding ex-Qaddafi officials seized by Libyan group

Former Prime Minister of Qaddafi’s regime, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, and other Qaddafi regime officials sit behind bars during a verdict hearing at a courtroom in Tripoli, Libya.

:: An armed Libyan group on Friday seized Al-Hadhba jail in south Tripoli where former officials of the regime of late strongman Muammar Qaddafi are being held, a judicial source said.

The prison guards were forced to withdraw after an armed group loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord attacked, said the source requesting anonymity, adding that two guards were killed.

The fate of the top former officials for Qaddafi, who was overthrown and killed in a 2011 revolution, was not known late on Friday.

More than 30 are being held there, including Qaddafi’s last premier Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and his former intelligence chief, Abdullah Senussi.

Both men were condemned to death in 2015.

The official named the group that attacked the facility as the pro-GNA Katiba Thowar Tripoli.

Al-Hadhba jail is controlled by an extremist group headed by Khaled Sherif, who was a deputy minister in the former government set up by the Fajr Libya coalition of militias that seized Tripoli in 2014.

The group has not yet said whether it backs or opposes the GNA.

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