London, Sept 24 (ANI): A radical Libyan Islamist militia, who had been accused of killing the American ambassador Chris Stevens in the city of Benghazi, is 'finished' after concerted attacks on militant bases across the country over the weekend, a top official in the country has said.
Brig-Gen Hamed Belkhair, commander of the official Benghazi garrison, said that Ansar al-Sharia, the militant group whose members were implicated in storming the US consulate when Stevens was killed had been disbanded."Its individual members may remain but it is finished as a force, God willing," the Telegraph quoted Belkhair, as saying.
According to the paper, Belkhair's remarks came shortly after being released from a six-hour kidnap.
He was seized from outside his house in the city on Saturday, shortly after his troops had been on the streets protecting crowds of anti-Islamist demonstrators who stormed bases belonging to Ansar al-Sharia and other Islamist groups.
The paper quoted Belkhair, as saying that the masked kidnappers accused him of being 'kuffar' or infidel and a 'traitor', before receiving a phone call instructing them not to kill him.
He was eventually thrown from a car on to a roundabout, the report said. (ANI)