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Libya air force colonel shot dead

People walk near the wreckage of a car which was set on fire by protesters in front of the General National Congress (GNC), a day after protesters stormed into the building in Tripoli March 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)

TRIPOLI, Libya: A security official in Libya says a well-known air force colonel has been found shot dead hours after he went missing in the country's east.

The official said the body of Col. Adam Faraj al-Abdali was discovered early Tuesday with shots to his head and chest inside his car near a cemetery in Benghazi. He said the colonel had gone missing hours earlier and was unreachable.

Col. Al-Abdali, in his fifties, had pioneered the use of Russian jets in Libya. The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

Benghazi is a stronghold of militias with roots in the rebel brigades that fought against slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It has witnessed a series of attacks targeting officials, judges, activists and clerics. Rarely anyone is apprehended.

 

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