However, not included in the list is the most recent attack in Benghazi on Sunday, September 2, 2012 (Reuters via Yahoo News):
|9/2/12 Benghazi - Source: Al Arabiya|
BENGHAZI (Reuters) - A Libyan intelligence officer was killed and another wounded on Sunday when their car exploded in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, a security spokesman said. A bomb planted in the car, which belonged to one of the officers, was remotely detonated when the two got into the vehicle in a busy shopping district in Benghazi, Supreme Security Committee spokesman Abdel Moneim al-Hurr told Reuters.This attack was not against a foreign target as the other four were, but it came only nine days before the attack on the Libyan consulate that is now looking increasingly likely to have been planned well in advance, as even the Libyan president conceded. Politico reports:
Libya President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf said Sunday that 50 arrests have been made in connection with last week's "preplanned" attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.If this is so, then the car bombing of two Libyan intelligence officers a little more than a week before the attack may take on new significance. An Al Arabiya report names the two officers as "Colonel Juma Alkadiki" and "Capt. Abdel Basset al-Mabrouk," members of Libya's general public intelligence service. (The headline of the Al Arabiya story inexplicably reads "Benghazi blast failed attempt to kill intel commanders: sources".)
"The way these perpetrators acted and moved -- I think we, and they're choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think we have no, this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined," Magariaf said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
"And you believe that this was the work of Al Qaeda, and you believe that it was led by foreigners. Is that what you’re telling us?" CBS host Bob Schieffer asked.
"It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival," Magariaf said.
This is pure speculation, but could these intelligence officers have obtained some information regarding the impending attacks and the car bombing was an (at least partially successful) attempt to silence them? The report does not indicate the condition of the injured man, and I could not find any further reports about the incident after the initial stories. As the investigations continue, it will be interesting to learn if the Benghazi U.S. Consulate attack actually claimed its first victims nine days earlier.