An armed group from Zintan under the command of Idris Madi, a military officer loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar, has robbed millions of dinars from a cash-in-transit van, sent by the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli to the banks in the mountain town of Jadu as Ramadan allocation.
The armed group intercepted the van on Sunday near Shakshuk village, north of Jadu, and abducted the security personnel accompanying it, all from Jadu.
The robbery sparked anger in Jadu where local residents were waiting for the cash to buy Ramadan goods. The city’s military council moved troops to Shakshuk to take military action against the armed group.
Later, military leaders from Zintan under the command of Tripoli-based Libyan Army intervened and promised to settle the incident peacefully and send the cash delivery to Jadu.
Jadu Military Council accused warlord Khalifa Haftar of attempting to drag the mountain region into a large-scale war to ease pressure on his armed groups in south Tripoli.