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.