Libyan policeman shot dead in latest Benghazi attack

By REUTERS
January 5, 2013 19:41

 
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BENGHAZI - A police officer was found shot dead on his Benghazi farm on Saturday, the latest in a series of attacks targeting police in the eastern Libyan city, a security official said.

The official said that Lt. Col. Nasser al-Maghrabi's body showed evidence of having been beaten before he was shot.

"Maghrabi's family found his body lying among the olive trees on his farm. He had two shots in his legs and one in his chest," said the official, who declined to be named.

Benghazi is the cradle of the uprising that ended the rule of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and is now a hot spot for violence, riven with armed factions. Police and military personnel have been the frequent targets of attacks.

Earlier this week, the head of Benghazi's criminal investigations unit was abducted by an armed militia. He has been missing since.

In November, Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, was shot dead in front of his house.

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