"Security in the capital is negligible, and gunfights between armed groups from rival neighborhoods or towns are a frequent occurrence in its streets. In recent weeks, one militia shot up the lobby of the luxury hotel that serves as the de facto headquarters of the governing Transitional National Council because of an argument over an unpaid hotel bill. Another militia kidnapped and later released two of the council’s members. “You know that security here is a big joke,” Fathi Baja, a council member, said at the time. With an antiaircraft gun mounted on a pickup truck, he said, “you can do whatever you want — nobody can stop you.”"