Libyan authorities arrested a suspected Al Qaeda leader who had fled from Derna which has been a fertile ground for Jihadists. Abdel Qader Azuz was arrested in Misrata and brought to Tripoli where the attorney general’s office seeks to bring charges.
Azuz was one of the top militants in Derna, according to Libyan officials. The city has been long a hotspot for Islamist militants. Many fled Libya to escape persecution by Muammar Gaddafi and to fight in Afghanistan, then returned home after the dictator was toppled in 2011.
Eastern military forces allied to Khalifa Haftar, which control eastern Libya, seized much of Derna in an ongoing military campaign that officials say it is almost over.