On 24 January, the field commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Special Forces division Mahmoud al-Werfalli publicly executed twelve people imprisoned by the LNA, who were accused of being jihadists. The video of the executions shows a man who resembles Werfalli shooting the prisoners at the site of the bombings. On 26 January, five more bodies were discovered in a dump in the Lithi area of Benghazi, with notices attached to their bodies accusing them of being jihadists. On 28 January, LNA fighters also arrested a ‘terror’ cell in Jalou near Ajkherra after walls were vandalised in support of the bombing attack in Benghazi.

On 24 January, Government of National Accord (GNA) affiliated al-Bunyan al-Marsus forces in Sirte said that they had arrested five Libyans and a Palestinian accused of torturing Sudanese migrants in Qadahiya, an area around 130 km south of Sirte. Eight Sudanese nationals were released and sent to Sirte’s Ibn Sina hospital for treatment. The operation was reportedly carried out in conjunction with the Tripoli-based Special Deterrent Forces (Rada), which took the lead in the intelligence gathering for the operation.