Libya violence: Chinese worker killed in Benghazi, two dead in Tripoli

Published May 21st, 2014 - 01:52 GMT

A Chinese engineer was killed in Benghazi by gunmen on Tuesday while at least two people died in Tripoli’s latest round of violence Wednesday, according to Reuters.

In the country’s capital, heavy fighting erupted close to an army camp in Tajoura. Witnesses also reported hearing gunfire near al-Yarmouk barracks in the Salaheddin district. 

So far, it remains unclear which militias were involved in the latest violence – the worst Tripoli has seen since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.

In Benghazi, a Chinese man was one of three workers kidnapped from a construction site. His body was found, while two of his colleagues were released, security sources say.

Militias in Libya’s second city have targeted foreigners in the past. In April, an Egyptian national was shot dead by gunmen while in February, seven Egyptian Christians were executed on a beach near Benghazi.

The violence by militiamen and Islamist militants in recent months has prompted many foreign consulates to close down whereas some airlines canceled flying to Benghazi after the U.S. ambassador along with three other Americans were killed in September 2012.

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