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Libyan air force colonel gunned down

24 October 2013, 17:09

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 Muammar Gaddafi’s forces but now operate outside state control.

The officials say Colonel 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 Gaddafi.

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

- AP


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