Libya: Information on an attempted attack on president Gaddafi by a religious group in 1996, possibly affiliated with a group called Al-Sahwa of Islam
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1998|
|Citation / Document Symbol||LBY29746.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Libya: Information on an attempted attack on president Gaddafi by a religious group in 1996, possibly affiliated with a group called Al-Sahwa of Islam, 1 July 1998, LBY29746.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab3e70.html [accessed 25 May 2013]|
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References to attacks and attempted attacks against president Gaddafi (with various spellings published in different reports) in 1996 include an alleged assassination attempt in Sirte in February for which the "Militant Islamic Group" claimed responsibility (AFP 26 Mar. 1996). Another report refers to a plan to place a bomb in a car of the presidential caravan; the alleged planners were discovered in September 1996 (Africa Research Bulletin 1-30 Sept. 1996, 12406-7). The latter report, however, does not link this attempt to any particular religious group, but to a group of officers from different ethnic affiliations, including Gaddafy's own clan (ibid.).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Africa Research Bulletin [London]. 1-30 September 1996. "Libya: Coup Plotters Executed."
Agence France Presse (AFP). 26 March 1996. "Libya Faces Growing Threat of Islamic Unrest." (Global NewsBank)
Additional Sources Consulted
Africa Confidential [London]. 1996-97.
Africa Events [London]. 1996-97.
Africa Report [Denville, NJ]. 1996-97.
Amnesty International. Amnesty International Annual Report. 1997.
Fédération Internationale des Droits Humains [Paris]. 1996-97.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. 1996-97.
Keesing's Record of World Events. 1996-97.
La Lettre du Continent [Paris]. 1996-97.
New African [London]. 1996-97.
News from Africa Watch [New York]. 1996-98.
Electronic Sources: IRB Databases, Global NewsBank, NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD, WNC.