Saturday 19 August 2017

Leading Libyan activist shot dead

Libyan activist AbdulSalam al Musmari has been shot dead in Benghazi
Libyan activist AbdulSalam al Musmari has been shot dead in Benghazi

A leading Libyan activist and vocal critic of the country's Islamists has been shot dead in a drive-by shooting in the city of Benghazi.

Security official Mohammed al-Hegazi said gunmen in a grey sedan stopped AbdulSalam al-Musmari on his way home after Friday prayers and shot him at close range.

Mr Al-Hegazi said an investigation into the motives behind the attack and who committed the killing is under way.

Mr Al-Musmari was a leading lawyer who headed a group credited with launching the 2011 protests against the country's long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

He was also a vocal critic of the country's Muslim Brotherhood group, which wields significant political and financial clout in post-Gaddafi politics.

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