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Security 2013-09-30

Tripoli schoolgirl abductions raise questions

By Essam Mohamed in Tripoli for Magharebia – 30/09/2013

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Tripoli teachers staged a sit-in outside Tahrir School last Thursday (September 26th) to protest the reported kidnapping of a colleague's daughter.

A 14-year-old was snatched Wednesday while waiting for her mother in front of an all-girls school in the capital. According to witnesses, two armed young men grabbed the girl and forced her into an unregistered car with tinted windows.

More demonstrations to call attention to the crisis were held after Friday prayers in several Tripoli neighbourhoods.

Some 47 young women have recently been abducted throughout the country, a teacher told Libya Al Ahrar TV.

Government officials, however, denied any kidnapping problem in Libya.

"Biased and weak people are disseminating stories on social networking pages about the abduction of a number of girls and students from schools within the city," the National Security Directorate in Tripoli said on Friday. The directorate added that police stations had not received any abduction claims.

Kidnapping is "an alien phenomenon to Libyan society", Colonel Salaheddine Essamoui said.

"The kidnapping of a girl is reported from a particular place. Then the story is dramatised, followed by shouting and intimidation. We then take legal action. Days later, we hear that the girl has returned to her family, so we contact them in order to get a confirmation, and they do confirm the story," the Ain Zara police chief added.

Hashim Bishr, the head of the Supreme Security Committee in Tripoli, said that there was "no truth whatsoever to the kidnapping of girls, "neither forty nor ten".

"Most of the reported cases turn out days or even hours later to be cases of girls running away from home, or cases due to social or moral problems," he added.

But according to Tripoli teacher Youssef Albuaiche, security patrols should be posted in front of schools, as well as on streets adjacent to schools.

Human rights activist, Rajab Aljugdaf suggested "an immediate investigation by the Tripoli security chief and sharing the results of the investigation to preserve the honour of Libyan men and women, and the state of law".

"Delinquency under the cover of abduction has become a phenomenon that is the subject of widespread rumours," social activist Awatif Lamloum told Magharebia. "People panic and believe the lie of a girl's abduction."

"While we know that there is truth in some of the kidnappings, it is not to the extent that we hear every day." she added.

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    محمد شلفيط 2013-10-20

    O Lord protect our country from tyrants!

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    الرجال الزرق 2013-10-17

    I doubt that the Libyan government is aware of events happening on Libyan soil, including the issue of kidnapping. There is no country which is spared such issues let alone a country where arms are in the hands of its citizens. The government must recognize its inability to control such crimes. By the way, there are some who can do that...

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    rano 2013-10-13

    First of all, peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. Secondly, true, stories of kidnapping are numerous in our country. They emerged only with the revolution of February 17 which you dub the glorious revolution. Thirdly, Hachim Bishr and others like him should leave. There is a law in the country. The statements which are said aren't founded. We tell him go back to your work in the historical studies' center and don't talk about kidnapping. You know that people are right.

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    الزبير الشيباني 2013-10-2

    Salam alikum. The country is dangerously going adrift. The biggest problem is the proliferation of arms which Libyans have become now accustomed to bearing as if they were mobile phones which they should keep all the time wherever they are. This increases their daily problems. Thus the devil plays an important role in stirring chaos between Libyans. As for the kidnapping phenomenon, don't be surprised in hearing and believing these stories because criminals have been wandering the streets ever since the regime was toppled. The state knows this pretty well. It is opening one eye and shutting another.

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    مواطن ليبيى مسلم 2013-10-1

    Salam alikum. I would like to say that the kidnapping phenomenon really exists. It is a new phenomenon. I stress my words because I am a police officer and work in the police station in the city of Benghazi. Most kidnapped people are schoolgirls. The state shouldn't deny this phenomenon which is very clear and instead offer a radical and urgent solution.

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    Batool Bat BE 2013-9-30

    May God guide them!

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    عصام الزبير 2013-9-30

    Khaled Tamzini, in my capacity as the official spokesman of the capital Operations Unit, I deny and refute this news. Last week, there were two cases of disappearances of girls. After they were found, it was discovered that they ran away due to family problems. After being examined by the forensic doctor, it was uncovered that they were in sound health. We are enduring in this period the pressure of rumours by a bunch that is seeking to spoil the atmosphere in the capital. We are on the watch. We follow-up all pages on social networks and news. We will say the truth and nothing but the truth. We will close every door they open. The price of free Libya is very high, so we won't leave it for the slaves of rumours. God is witness to what I say.

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    خالد الطمزيني 2013-9-30

    In my capacity as the official spokesman of the capital's Operations Unit, I deny and refute this news. During this last week, there were two cases of disappearances of girls. After they were found, it was discovered that they had fled as a result of family problems. After being examined by the forensic doctor, it was uncovered that they were in sound health. We are enduring in this period the pressure of rumours by a bunch that is seeking to spoil the atmosphere in the capital. We are on the watch. We follow all pages on social networks and news. We will say the truth and nothing but the truth. We will close every door they open. The price to pay for a free Libya is very high, so we won't leave it in the hands of the slaves of rumours. God is witness to what I say.

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      fikrihtewish 2013-10-14

      Salam alikum. What Mr Khaled Tamzini said is true. Everything said about kidnapping girls in the capital Tripoli is intended to stir fear in the hearts of people as it has become the only arm in the hands of the debauched including the followers of the buried dead man... Facebook mercenaries are the servants of the miserable bygone era... The misinformation office affiliated with the former electronic army nowadays is nowadays in charge of the missions of sowing sedition and malicious rumours in all Libya. It is rancor sirs nothing more. But we will see through what outlet they will try to find. We follow everything published on the pages of chaos.We have means to detect them. We have recognized many such infiltrated traitors including foreigners from Arab countries. We stress that we won't stand without action. Anyone who thinks he is safe and hides behind the keyboard to mess with the security and stability of the country must be in denial. He will be treated like traitors and will face the severest punishment according to applicable legislation. We also stress to anyone who offers funding to these miserable mercenary bunches that punishment will be immediate in retribution. We stress that many pages were detected inside and outside Libya which are active for the account of the operation room of the cohorts of the hybrid rogue [Kadhafi] in Egypt. Many of their castrated boys were recognized. They will be treated according to applicable legislation. By the way, we would like to assure our people that circulated news aren't founded. We also urge all Libyans to be careful not to believe everything published on social media including news and rumours. May God protect Libya!

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      fikrihtewish 2013-10-14

      Salam alikum. The statement of Mr Khaled Tamzini is the truth. We stress that we are following the activity of some mercenaries with professionalism, the office of misinformation, the debauched followers of the buried [Late Kadhafi] both inside and outside. We also follow pages which carry out the irresponsible mess by sowing the seeds of sedition and deceiving news in order to disseminate a state of fear among people, destabilize safety and security. Therefore, we urge everyone to be careful in dealing with such dissolute pages run by the servant boys followers of the hybrid rogue monster [Kadhafi]. We warn anyone who wants to mess with the security and stability of the homeland that we are on the lookout for them. We have professionalism and resources through which we can reach everyone of them. We won't be complacent with them. We will strike with power the hand of anyone who wants to mess up the security of the homeland regardless of his size according to applicable legislation in particular. May God protect Libya from the plots of criminals and the spiteful.

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