Libya parliament sacks intelligence chief

BENGHAZI (AA) – Libya's parliament on Monday sacked intelligence chief Salem al-Hassi one day after the mass execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) militant group.

"[The House of Representatives] has voted to dismiss al-Hassi," MP Tareq al-Garrouchi told The Anadolu Agency.

According to the lawmaker, al-Hassi failed to coordinate with Libyan security agencies and the intelligence services of neighboring states.

"[He] also failed to present any security reports about current terrorist operations in Libya," al-Garrouchi asserted.

Late Sunday, a video appeared online showing the beheading by ISIL militants in Libya of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian expatriates.

The grisly executions sent shockwaves across Egypt and prompted Egyptian airstrikes against ISIL targets in Libya.

Last year, the ISIL overran vast territories in both Iraq and Syria.

The group now appears to have gained a foothold in other countries as well, including Libya, which has remained in a state of lawlessness since the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.                           

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