High-profile shooting in Libya

2014-02-09 10:13

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Benghazi - Libya's former prosecutor general was shot dead on Saturday by unknown attackers in the eastern city of Derna, the justice minister said, the latest in a series of assassinations that have plagued the country.

Abdelaziz al-Hasadi was gunned down while visiting relatives in his hometown of Derna, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said.

Hasadi, who was widely considered to be an Islamist, was the first prosecutor general appointed after longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed in the 2011 uprising. Hasadi resigned from the post in March 2013.

Since the collapse of Gaddafi's autocratic regime, Libya has been plagued by violence, including a string of killings targeting top army and security officials as well as judges.

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