According to The Libya Observer, those arrested were planning to carry out several terrorist attacks in the capital. The interrogations revealed that the plotters had a zero hour for their military action and intended to activate their sleeper cells to facilitate the operation, the media reported, citing the Special Deterrence Force.
The media outlet added that the Anti-Terrorism Unit of the Central Security Agency dismantled on Saturday two explosive devices, which the security services linked to the arrested cell.
Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when a civil war broke out in the country and Gaddafi was overthrown. The country’s eastern regions are governed by the elected parliament with headquarters in the city of Tobruk.
The Government of National Accord, headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, which was formed with the support of the United Nations, operates in the country’s west, including the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The Tobruk parliament does not support the UN-backed government in Tripoli.