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Update: Libya Arrests 32 Gaddafi Loyalists Over Tripoli Bombings

Libya says it has arrested 32 supporters of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in connection with bombings that killed two people in the capital earlier Sunday.

An official from the country’s Supreme Security Committee, which has been supervising security matters since the Gaddafi regime was overthrown last year, said the 32 had been part of an organized network.

Previously, the Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Omar al-Khadrawi had blamed desperate remnants of supporters of the former oppressive regime as being behind Sunday’s two-car explosions in Tripoli saying they will be brought to justice.

The 32 people were arrested after security forces raided several locations in and around Tripoli, tipped off by what a security official said were leads from “closed-circuit street cameras and intelligence.”

The security official said that connections between the group and the attacks, near security and interior ministry facilities, “have been established”.

Three car bombs exploded near interior ministry and security buildings in Tripoli on the eve of the anniversary of the fall of Tripoli to rebel fighters.

Ambulances and firefighters rushed to the scenes of Sunday’s blasts in residential areas in central Tripoli, and large numbers of police were deployed to cordon off the sites and remove the charred vehicles and other debris.

They were the first fatal attacks of their kind since a revolt led to Gaddafi’s overthrow and death last year after 42 years in power.

The car bombs rocked Tripoli at approximately 6:00 a.m. Sunday local time. They occurred near the interior ministry in downtown and the other near the women’s military academy on Omar Mukhtar Street. Two people have been killed and three others were wounded.

A third car bomb was discovered, also near the ministry, but was defused.

According to the head of the High-Security Committee of Tripoli Mr. Hashem Bisher, security experts dismantled two tank shells weighing 25 kgs found in Naser Street. The shells were connected with a homemade detonator.

The names of the dead individuals are Siraj Al-Zawari, and Salem Ali Naili both 25 and the injured include Mansour Tarhuni, 22, Fouad Busetta, 19, Mohammed Sanusi, 19, from Naser Street along with Salim Suliaman and Ahmed Saleh Al-Turki from Jakarta Street.

“I hold former regime aides fully responsible for this cowardly action,” al-Khadrawi said as he visited one of the sites of the blasts.

He said, “the same kind of bombs and the same tactics and equipment” were used in previously foiled car bombing attacks in Tripoli.

The blasts also caused minor damage to the two buildings and shattered windows of nearby cars and buildings.

It is so cruel for the perpetrators to deliver this cowardly deadly attack on a people who are eagerly facing the future under new administrators who are striving to build a new Libya and when the families are so eager to return to normality on the first Eid Elfitr after the death of the oppressive dictator.

Witnesses on the scene of the explosions reported to The Tripoli Post that ambulances and firefighters rushed to the scenes of the blasts and large numbers of police cordoned off the sites keeping away the people who were rushing out to see what was happening before starting to remove the damaged vehicles.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but after the bombings, Tripoli’s security authorities went on high alert, officials told The Tripoli Post

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By NBC News and wire reports

Libya says it has arrested 32 supporters of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in connection with bombings that killed two people in the capital earlier Sunday.

An official from the country’s Supreme Security Committee, which has been supervising security matters since the Gaddafi regime was overthrown last year, said the 32 had been part of an organized network.

The first bomb blew up near the interior ministry’s administrative offices in Tripoli but caused no casualties, security sources told Reuters. On arriving at the site of the explosion, police found another car bomb that had not blown up.

Minutes later, two car bombs exploded near the former headquarters of a women’s police academy, which the defense ministry has been using for interrogations and detentions, the sources said, k il ling two people, both civilians, and wounding two.

The buildings targeted by the bombers are in residential areas at the heart of the capital, Tripoli.

Sporadic violence has remained a problem in Libya despite the peaceful transfer of power to the new government after elections in July, the first in decades following the overthrow last year of Moammar Gadhafi after 42 years in power.

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced that it was suspending its activities in Benghazi, Libya’s second-biggest city, and Misrata after one of its compounds in Misrata was attacked with grenades and rockets.

The fate of seven Iranian relief workers, official guests of the Libyan Red Crescent Association, remains unknown almost three weeks after they were kidnapped by gunmen in the heart of Benghazi.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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