Libyan authorities reportedly arrest suspected al-Qaeda leader

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Libyan authorities have arrested a suspected al-Qaeda leader who fled from the eastern city of Derna, a source in the attorney general’s office said on Friday.

Abdel Qader Azuz was arrested in the western city of Misrata and then brought to the capital, Tripoli, the source said. No other details were immediately available.

Azuz was one of the top terrorists in Derna, according to Libyan officials. The city has been long a hotpot for militants. Many had fled Libya to escape persecution by Muammar Gaddafi and to fight in Afghanistan, then returned home after he was toppled in 2011.

Eastern military forces allied to Khalifa Haftar, which control eastern Libya, have seized much of Derna in an ongoing military campaign that officials say is almost over.

It was not clear whether Libyan authorities had been assisted by the United States.

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