Libyan army colonel shot dead in Benghazi
Unidentified gunment shot and killed an army colonel in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, officials reported on Sunday.
A security official speaking to The Associated Press said artillery officer Col. Said Massoud Al Jamli was fatally shot near a school on Sunday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press, said the gunmen fled shortly after the shooting happened.
Spokeswoman for Benghazi's Al Galaa hospital, Fadia Al Barghathi, told AP Al Jamli had been shot in the head three times and was dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Benghazi, the birthplace of Libya's 2011 uprising, is a stronghold of militias who fought against longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi and who refuse to recognize the authority of the new government in place.
Authorities blame the recent outbursts of violence in the restive city on the militias resisting state authority and Islamists seeking revenge on officials in power during the Gaddafi-era.