Home Page
News 25 Aug 11

Libyan Rebels Arrest Suspected Serb Snipers

Libyan rebels claim to have arrested five Serbian nationals suspected of being Muammar Gaddafi’s snipers near Tripoli, according to media reports.

Beta / Tanjug/AFP

“We have arrested five Serbians who told us they were construction workers. We believe they could be pro-Gaddafi snipers,” said rebel fighter Ahmed Mehdi.

“They are safe, inside the international airport,” Mehdi told AFP.

He pointed out that journalists could not see the prisoners “until the investigation is completed” and added that the rebels were checking out the company that the arrested men claimed to be working for.

“We arrested many African fighters when we came here. It took us three hours to get here,” he pointed out, noting that the airport itself had not been damaged but that there were problems on the road leading to it.

The Serbian Embassy in Libya so far does not have any information about the alleged arrest of five Serbian citizens.

“There is a war going on here, you can hear the shots. There is no electricity, it’s dark… We have no information that Serbian citizens have been captured,” an embassy employee reportedly said.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Premium Selection

19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Latest News from the Balkans

19 Jan 18

Djukic Trial for Tuzla Massacre Delayed Again

19 Jan 18

US Seeks to Revoke Bosnian's Citizenship

18 Jan 18

Bosnia MPs Challenge Excise Law in Court

18 Jan 18

Blizzards Cause Turmoil in Romania and Moldova