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.