Magharebia (Washington DC)

Tunisia: Confusion Surrounds Abou Iyadh Capture

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"Most of these groups, including Ansar al-Sharia, are the result of Muslim Brotherhood's ideology," El-Eourfi added. "They pretend to be against terrorism and violence, but in reality, they bless and support such groups. Most of the Libyan people, especially the people of Benghazi, are against these groups and condemn their terrorist acts."

Nazzar Youssef al-Feki, a 32-year-old trader, pointed out that "Benghazi suffered assassinations, bombings, kidnappings and murders at the hands of Ansar al-Sharia. As a Sunni Muslim following the Maliki sect of Islam, I don't approve of such acts that are against law and Islam; Islam has nothing to do with them."

"I bless the arrest of the Tunisian leader of Ansar al-Sharia, and I hope similar operations will take place in other Libyan cities, such as Sabratha, Benghazi and Derna," he added. "I wish the leaders of these groups will be brought to international trials so the world may know the terrorism of these groups and their threats to world peace and security, and that Islam has nothing to do with their acts."

In her turn, Amira Mansour al-Farjani, a teacher at al-Mujahideen Primary School in Benghazi, said that "the terrorists and extremists, who are hiding behind Islam, enjoy killing and torture. However, this is not the moral of our beloved Prophet and is not characteristic of our correct religion, which is a religion of tolerance, mercy and compassion."

"There were repeated assassinations and bombings in Benghazi in the wake of clashes between the Libyan army and Ansar al-Sharia," she said.

"What I now fear most is the violent reaction, including new bombings and assassinations, of that group against poor citizens," the teacher added.

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