Attacks on a U.S. consulate and other sites come weeks before national assembly elections.
Speculation about those behind the recent violence has also focused on loyalists of slain former leader Moammar Gaddafi determined to prove true his prediction that, without him, Libya would fall to al-Qaeda. But analysts said that although the targets of the attacks — international missions — resemble the work of al-Qaeda, the methods used do not.
“It’s very amateur work, which is usually not al-Qaeda style,” said Noman Benotman, a senior analyst at the London-based Quilliam Foundation. He said the attacks seem designed “to send a message to the international community: ‘We don’t like you. Go away. Libya’s not stable. Nobody can even protect you.’ ”
Benotman said he believed the perpetrators were young Libyans unsettled by what the elections symbolize.
“They are not happy about the new developments, the next phase, which is purely a political process,” he said. “Some people, they can’t act in that environment — they don’t have the skills — so they prefer to keep it as it is, in chaos.”
In the absence of a strong government, with tens of thousands of weapons in private hands, Libya has experienced an increase in crimes such as carjackings, smuggling and drug dealing. There have been attacks on local law enforcement officials andrecurring skirmishes between warring militias across the country.
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