Libya military police force`s top commander shot dead

Ahmed al-Barghathi, a top commander of Libyan military police force, was killed by gunmen on Friday near his residence.

Zee Media Bureau

Benghazi: Ahmed al-Barghathi, a top commander of Libyan military police force, was killed by a gunman on Friday near his residence.

Ahmed was leaving his home in the eastern city of Benghazi to attend Friday prayers when an unidentified gunman fired at him. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.

The attack is the latest blow to a weak Libyan government that is struggling to assert control over militias and radical Islamists two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Several army officers have been assassinated in Benghazi, where the US ambassador was killed during an Islamist assault on a US diplomatic mission a year ago. The shooting of Barghathi, who was on vacation in the city, is the highest profile attack there for weeks.

While police investigation has begun, no further detail about attack is known as yet.
(With Reuters inputs)

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