BENGHAZI, Libya - Gunmen shot dead a Libyan marine colonel on Wednesday in the eastern city of Benghazi where militants have increasingly targeted security forces in a challenge to central government control.
Libya has struggled to curb rival armed factions in Benghazi, where the 2011 revolt that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi began and where the US ambassador was killed during an Islamist assault on a US diplomatic mission a year ago.
Wednesday's attack killed Col. Salih Al Hidary from the Libyan Marines force, and followed assaults that killed two other officers in Benghazi a few days earlier.
"He was driving his car with his son when he was targeted," said a senior Libyan security source. "Many bullets penetrated his body, he died immediately, while his son is in intensive care with a gunshot wound to the head."