Police chief killed in Libya's Benghazi

Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, shot dead in the latest attack on Libyan security officials.

    There have been dozens of attacks on members of the Libyan security forces throughout 2012 [AFP]
    There have been dozens of attacks on members of the Libyan security forces throughout 2012 [AFP]

    A top security official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was killed in front of his home overnight, security officials have said, in the latest violence to plague the city.

    Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, died from multiple gunshot wounds, police and interior ministry sources said on Wednesday.

    "This happened in front of his house when unknown attackers opened fire and hit him before fleeing," a police source said.

    An interior ministry official confirmed that Deirsy, in charge of security in Benghazi, had been killed.

    Libya has been hit by persistent instability since the overthrow of Muammer Gaddafi last year.

    Authorities are still trying to disarm numerous groups, mostly militias who took part in the uprising, who refuse to lay down their weapons.

    Wednesday's incident was one of a number of attacks in Benghazi, where local groups have also staged protests demanding more powers for eastern Libya and objecting to what they say is the central authorities' neglect of the region.

    In September, the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the cradle of Libya’s revolt that began in February 2011.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.