CAIRO: Al-Qaeda is behind the chaos and unstable security situation in Libya, and its goal is to divide the country and declare an Islamic emirate, according to Mervat al-Talawy, head of the National Council for Women, whose statements came Sunday in response to statements by Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy that abductions of Egyptians in Libya was due to Mohamed Morsi’s ouster.
Last week seven Christian Egyptians were dragged out of their homes and shot by armed unidentified men in Benghazi. On Sunday, media reported the shooting of one more Egyptian Copt.
Egyptian diplomats had also been kidnapped in Libya in retaliation to the arrest of a Libyan man by Egyptian authorities, suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. The diplomats were released.
“The more chaos spreads in the Arab world, the better the chances for Al-Qaeda to reach its motives,” Talawy said.
Originally published in Youm7.