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Gaddafi assassin plotter new spy chief

2012-02-07 19:07

Tripoli - Libya's ruling National Transitional Council on Tuesday appointed an opponent of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi as the country's new intelligence chief, a member of the council told AFP.

Salem al-Hassi, who was involved in a bid to assassinate Gaddafi in 1984, was appointed as the intelligence chief at a meeting of the council, NTC member Mukhtar al-Jaddal said.

Hassi is the sole surviving member of the National Front for Salvation of Libya which attempted to assassinate the former strongman at his Tripoli residence of Bab al-Aziziya.

In the armed attack on the compound about 15 people were killed.

Under Gaddafi's regime the intelligence service used to primarily carry out the work of tracking and assassinating opponents of the dictator.

The service was previously headed by Gaddafi's close aides such as Mussa Kussa and Bouzid Dorda.