Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Libya mulls curfew for violence-hit Benghazi

17 January 2013, 10:04

Tripoli - Libya is considering imposing a curfew on the violence-wracked eastern city of Benghazi, its prime minister said on Wednesday, a day after a car bomb killed a police officer there.

"We envision taking security measures in co-ordination with the General National Congress... that could include a curfew if we consider it necessary," Ali Zeidan told journalists on his return from a visit to Qatar.

Zeidan said no decision had yet been taken on what would be a "partial curfew" covering only certain areas, but that it was "very probable".

He added that the "army and police will be deployed in the streets and that draconian measures will be taken to maintain security".

In the latest violence to hit the cradle of the 2011 revolt that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a car bomb killed a police officer in Benghazi on Tuesday.

"A bomb was planted in the car of Sergeant Salah Miftah Wizry," a security official said. "The car exploded while he was coming home from a restaurant."

On Monday, two policemen were hurt when an improvised bomb hit their car.

The number of attacks targeting military and police officers, including ones who served the former regime, has increased in recent weeks despite efforts by the new authorities to boost security in the Mediterranean city.

Benghazi has emerged as a hub for jihadist groups, including militants who killed US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in an attack on the US consulate last September 11.

Many diplomatic missions and international organisations, such as the United Nations, have scaled down or ended operations there after envoys were targeted.

Italy temporarily closed its consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday and pulled its staff out of the country following a failed gun attack on the consul.


Tags usa libya

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...