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Gunmen kill prominent Libyan journalist in Benghazi
May 26, 2014 / 1:48 PM / 4 years ago

Gunmen kill prominent Libyan journalist in Benghazi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead well a prominent Libyan journalist and critic of Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, security officials said.

Muftah Bu-Zaid, editor-in-chief of Brnieq, one of Benghazi’s most important newspapers, was killed by bullets to the head, stomach and hands while travelling in his car in the morning, a medical source said. There was no claim of responsibility.

Libya has been in a state of armed disorder since the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi spawned a plethora of rebel militias, including radical Islamists, that often challenge the legitimacy of the state.

The security situation in Benghazi, the oil-producing state’s second city and major port, has worsened since renegade general Khalifa Haftar declared war last week on “terrorists” by attacking Islamist militants roaming unchallenged.

Bu-Zaid had only late on Monday given an interview to Libyan channel Al-Ahrar to discuss the political situation and recent appointment of Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq.

Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli and Ahmed Elumami; Editing by Ulf Laessing and Mark Heinrich

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