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Libya army colonel shot dead in Benghazi
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A view of a car after a bomb exploded inside the vehicle, killing the driver,Saleh Hamouda, a Libyan intelligence officer, in Benghazi December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
A view of a car after a bomb exploded inside the vehicle, killing the driver,Saleh Hamouda, a Libyan intelligence officer, in Benghazi December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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TRIPOL: Libyan officials say unknown gunmen shot and killed an army colonel in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

A security official said artillery officer Col. Said Massoud al-Jamli was shot near a school on Sunday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said the gunmen fled.

Al-Galaa hospital spokeswoman Fadia al-Barghathi said al-Jamli received three bullets to the head, and was dead upon arrival to the hospital.

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising, is a stronghold of militias who fought against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Authorities blame many such killings on militias resisting state authority and Islamists seeking revenge on Gadhafi-era officials.

 
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