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Libyan air force colonel gunned down in Benghazi

  • Libyan soldiers stand to attention during a military display in Libya's coastal city of Benghazi on May 15, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/ABDULLAH DOMA)

TRIPOLI: Libyan security officials say gunmen have shot dead an air force colonel as he left his home in the eastern city of Benghazi.

It was the latest in a spate of assassinations in Benghazi recently. The killings are blamed on militiamen who fought against Moammar Gadhafi's forces but now operate outside state control.

The officials say Col. Adel Khalil al-Tawahi from Benghazi's Beninah air base died instantly when gunmen shot him in the chest and head on Thursday.

Air force personnel from that base joined rebel ranks during the early days of the 2011 uprising that toppled Gadhafi.

The motive for al-Tawahi's slaying was not immediately clear. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

 
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