Libyan colonel shot dead in Benghazi

A wave of assassinations and bombings has targeted police and army officers in Benghazi, a stronghold of militias with roots in the rebel brigades that fought against slain dictator Moammar Qaddafi. (File photo: Reuters)

A Libyan security official says gunmen have shot dead an officer in the air defense branch in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The official says Colonel Wanis Massoud al-Barghathi was gunned down Friday night. He didn’t provide further details, and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

A wave of assassinations and bombings has targeted police and army officers in Benghazi, a stronghold of militias with roots in the rebel brigades that fought against slain dictator Moammar Qaddafi. Some of the groups are Islamic hard-liners with al-Qaeda links.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:52 - GMT 10:52
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