#AceNewsServices – OTTAWA – October 24 – Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman behind Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, had applied to renew his Libyan passport but was denied, CBC News has learned.
Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday before attacking Parliament Hill.
Zehaf-Bibeau, whose father is Libyan, applied for the passport renewal on Oct. 2 and was refused the same day, the CBC’s Evan Dyer reported. The chargé d’affaires at the Libyan Embassy in Ottawa told CBC News he presented a B.C. driver’s licence with a Vancouver address. He did not present a Canadian passport.
Zehaf-Bibeau had received a Libyan passport in 2000 and then travelled to the country in 2007. That document had expired, and Zehaf-Bibeau told officials that he wanted a new passport so he could visit family and friends in Libya.
The Libyan official said Zehaf-Bibeau was polite but that his demeanour seemed off. They were also concerned that his photos didn’t seem to match his appearance, or the photos of him in his Libyan documents.
Officials also questioned why Zehaf-Bibeau’s old Libyan passport gave his first name as Abdul but his driver’s licence listed him as Michael.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 17 – At least 14 people were killed in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, after fighting erupted between armed youths and Islamist militias, Reuters said, citing medics.
Seven people were also wounded on a third day of heavy clashes.
Pro-government forces supported by youths are continuing to battle the Islamists in the port city.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 02 – Seven Libyan soldiers have been killed and 50 wounded in a double suicide bombing and clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, Reuters said, citing an army commander.
Three soldiers were killed when two cars loaded with explosives drove into an army checkpoint near Benghazi airport, according to Wanis Bukhamada, commander of army special forces in Benghazi.
Four soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist militants in the same area.
#AceNewsServices – September 19 – An Egyptian man, Adel Abdul Bary, said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Reuters reported.
Bary, 54, said in court he would plead guilty to making a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans.
The plea comes two months before he was set to face trial in a federal court alongside two co-defendants, Libyan Anas al-Liby and Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz.
The bombings killed 224 people. Bary and Fawwaz helped disseminate statements of responsibility for the group, according to an earlier criminal indictment.
#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – A boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near the capital, Tripoli, drowning dozens, according to a spokesman of Libya’s coast guard.
Qassim Ayoub said that Libyan coast guards were retrieving dozens of bodies still floating 18 kilometres off the coast in the Tajoura district, AP reported.
Thirty-six African migrants, including three women – one of them pregnant – were rescued Monday.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 21 – Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport cancelled all flights to Libya on Thursday, Reuters said.
Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation, while Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights to and from the neighbouring country for security reasons, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
The Libyan government said on Monday that unidentified war planes had attacked the positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction.