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Libyan colonel shot dead in Benghazi

Members of a heavily-armed militia group are seen with their weapons in Freedom Square in Benghazi February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

TRIPOLI: 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 Gadhafi. Some of the groups are Islamic hard-liners with Al-Qaeda links.

 

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