Reports that 11 commercial airplanes are missing from the main airport in Libya’s capital of Tripoli. This is raising fears that militants could use them in terrorist attacks to mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11 next week.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, “We have nothing to confirm these reports about missing airliners.”
A spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, also said there’s been no confirmation that aircraft had been stolen.
Images have surfaced online showing militants posing with the airplanes taken when the militants overran Tripoli’s airport last month in a fierce battle that left much of the airport and its aircraft damaged.
An aviation security expert said the planes, if actually seized by terrorists, would pose more of a threat to countries near Libya than the U.S. homeland.
Price said most countries near Libya, including in Europe, do not have the same air-defense capabilities and would be more at risk.
The reports of the missing planes, which first surfaced in mid-August, likely sparked an international search for the planes by intelligence agencies.
The latest report surfaced after an Islamist militia seized a U.S. Embassy residence in Tripoli last weekend, posting video online of men playing in a pool at the compound.
Here are some terrorists playing around with the planes…
Source: The USATODAY